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front of house

the parts of a theatre in front of the proscenium arch

the business of a theatre that concerns the audience such as ticket sales


on the front burner

having low {or high) priority – informal

The metaphor here is from cooking on a stove with several burners of varying heat…food cooking at a lower temperature on a back burner receives or requires less frequent attention than that cooking at a high temperature on a front burner. Compare with the mainly North American expression cook on the front burner meaning be on the way to rapid success.

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