putting or placing something "on the front burner" means that it is important, or a priority. (an unimportant event or person could be said to be on the "back burner") From the setup of a cooking range, where items on the front burner are closer to you and can be watched over more easily and effectively.
I gotta put paying my bills on time on the front burner since I got behind. That guy is so hot, he's a front burner for sure.
by teacherlady April 15, 2005