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English definition of “on the back burner”

on the back burner

(also to the back burner)
not being done now, but left to be considered in the future: The company put the project on the back burner. Their complaints have definitely been pushed to the back burner.
(Definition of on the back burner from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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