An example of putting something on the back burner is when a mom delays going to college in order to take care of her baby.
Origin of back burnerfrom the idea of putting a pot on a back burner of a stove to keep its contents warm
(plural back burners)
- A section of a stove used to keep some pots warm while one focuses on others.
- (idiomatic) A state of low urgency; a state of low current importance.
(comparative more back-burner, superlative most back-burner)
- (idiomatic) Having low urgency; not currently important.