Backburner definitions

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

We'll put next year's Christmas party on the backburner until we deal with the current financial crisis.

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To relegate to a lower priority.
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Origin of backburner

From back +‎ burner.