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English definition of “on the back burner”

on the back burner

If something is on the back burner, it is temporarily not being dealt with or considered, especially because it is not urgent or important: We've all had to put our plans on the back burner for a while.
(Definition of on the back burner from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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