Words of the Week – on the back burner

On the back burner

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To put something on the back burner means to deprioritize it.

The term originates in cooking where chefs move simmering pots to the back burner to focus on preparing the dishes in the front.

A manager might say, “Senior management called an emergency sales forecast meeting this afternoon. I need you to put everything on the back burner, and help me analyze our actual numbers versus the forecast.”

Author: Grayson Leverenz

Grayson Leverenz founded MBA in the USA® to help international students build networks, find jobs, and have fun in the USA. Hundreds of global professionals have benefited from Grayson’s intercultural workshops, and she has worked with people from Brazil, China, India, South Africa, South Korea, the UK, and the USA to build effective virtual teams and craft brilliant careers.

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