Grammar Patterns

on N

The 'back burner' group

These nouns are used to indicate that someone or something is treated in a way that shows they are important or not important.
The deal has been put on ice because there appears to be a problem over the fee.
Increasingly Britain is in danger of being left on the sidelines, as the rest of Europe moves willingly towards further integration.
  • on ice
  • on the back burner
  • on the cutting edge (of ...)
  • on the front burner
  • on the sidelines
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