Definitions

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  • noun countable A burner of a stove away from the cook's side.
  • noun uncountable A state of being postponed, deferred or given lower priority (from the sense that pots on backburners get less attention).

Etymologies

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From back +‎ burner.

Examples

  • Ticking over on the backburner is Riven Kingdom, which I will get back to on Tuesday, provided I have in fact finished proofing the galleys by Monday night.

    And today went where, exactly????

  • The later comment "Sometimes a student can get frustrated over a teacher's crits and question their knowledge and expertise -- if people knew what teachers were capable of early on, this line of thinking would be in the backburner" is fine - but what evidence does a portfolio show?

    Speak Up � A Teacher�s Point of View

  • The later comment "Sometimes a student can get frustrated over a teacher's crits and question their knowledge and expertise -- if people knew what teachers were capable of early on, this line of thinking would be in the backburner" is fine - but what evidence does a portfolio show?

    Archive 2004-06-01

  • Another recommendation of note that has been put on the backburner is the development of a deep and liquid corporate debt market.

    Deepak Parekh: The Power Of Execution

  • I cannot count the number of times I put Jesus on the "backburner" for something I considered more important.

    The Loneliness of Jesus

  • It becomes a weird sort-of "backburner" achievement.

    Kill Ten Rats

  • It becomes a weird sort-of "backburner" achievement.

    Kill Ten Rats

  • ..& ant1...even if you 'backburner' those 12yr olds for 4 full years, you know, 'til they're like legal maybe, yer still gonna be a bit of a sic fuk...

    Slick and Attired: Wearing Whatever You Want

  • However, as marriage went backburner amidst the gubernatorial campaign, Queer Rising spent its spring chasing down New York archbishop Timothy Dolan for his open stances degrading gay marriage and its summer vacations in D.C., chained to the White House gate -- then to each other in a DC jail -- until Don't Ask, Don't Tell was repealed last fall.

    Adrian Margaret Brune: The New Gay Guerrillas

  • However, as marriage went backburner amidst the gubernatorial campaign, Queer Rising spent its spring chasing down New York archbishop Timothy Dolan for his open stances degrading gay marriage and its summer vacations in D.C., chained to the White House gate -- then to each other in a DC jail -- until Don't Ask, Don't Tell was repealed last fall.

    Adrian Margaret Brune: The New Gay Guerrillas

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