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Meaning of “on the back burner” in the English Dictionary

"on the back burner" in British English

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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 putourplans on the back ​burner for a while.
(Definition of on the back burner from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"on the back burner" in American English

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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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