front burner

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front′ burn′er

a condition or position of top priority.
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Noun1.front burner - top priority; "the work was moved to the front burner in order to meet deadlines"
precedence, precedency, priority - status established in order of importance or urgency; "...its precedence as the world's leading manufacturer of pharmaceuticals"; "national independence takes priority over class struggle"
back burner - reduced priority; "dozens of cases were put on the back burner"
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Since September, when the current economic crisis exploded, Tehran has moved that prediction onto the front burner.
It's a crucial part of any estate plan for gay men and lesbians, especially with the same-sex marriage issue on the front burner and the 2004 presidential election looming.
TV2 is on the front burner to be privatized, but Hoffman-Meyer says since its public service obligation won't change, neither will her shopping list.
But Mr Prescott said his plans for a modern transport system were "right on the front burner".
Council member Duane said the rezoning was on the "front burner" at City Planning.
Some AIDS organizations have lamented that fund-raising is more difficult now that AIDS seems to be off the front burner. Eric Rofes, author of Dry Bones Breathe: Gay Men Creating Post-AIDS Identities and Cultures and a former executive director of San Francisco's Shanti Project, believes those problems underline how groups need to rethink their missions.
He expressed optimism that by the time his group was through with the action to block the expressway, the issue of the bad spot would be brought to the front burner and get the urgent attention it deserves.
"The issue of gays in the military is no longer on the front burner," says Moskos, an architect of the policy.
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has said his administration will continue to keep the issue of reviving the Lake Chad on the front burner and exert more commitment from the developed countries to do the needful.
Whatever its dynamic, Seitz says, sexual harassment is like many other workplace issues that "move to the front burner" whenever a major case receives national exposure, such as the Clarence Thomas confirmation battle, the Tailhook scandal, or the Texaco racism tapes.
'We will keep the issues on the front burner,'' Buhari was quoted as saying.
Governor Wike informed that his administration will continue to sponsor annual cultural events to place Rivers State in the front burner of National Attention.