Let’s put it on the shelf for now

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Sometimes we don’t want to discuss something right now. We want to discuss it later instead, because it is not immediately important. In this case, we can put something on the shelf and talk about it again in the future. This week’s episode is about putting those kinds of things on the shelf. You don’t want to forget about something completely, but it just doesn’t have priority. Don’t put listening to this episode on the shelf! Listen and start using the expressions right away.

Maura: The beginning of this expression sounds just like the first expression, but it’s different at the end. To put something on the back burner.
Harp: Yes. To put something on the back burner.
Maura: And this means just the same as to put something on the shelf. When you put something on the back burner, you are not going to deal with it right now, you’re going to temporarily put it on hold. And at some time in the future, you will deal with it.
Harp: Yeah. You’re not gonna give it immediate action or thought, you’re gonna let it go for a little bit and not think about, and later you’re gonna deal with it.
Maura: Right. It’s something that doesn’t need to be discussed right now. Now, a back burner is actually part of a stove. And when you put something on the back burner, it’s not something that needs your immediate attention while cooking. You can kind of put it on the back and just let it simmer on its own; you don’t need to pay close attention to it. The same goes for whatever you’re dealing with. If you’re not going to give it full attention right now, you can say you put it on the back burner.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

To do your own thing To put something on the shelf
A secretary To deal with something
Funny story To find common ground
Extra hands To put something on the back burner
A lemon To put something on ice
A city councillor A time frame

Podcast/Learning Materials: Culips English Podcast, Photo Culips

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