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Definition of in the background

in the background

adverb

  • of an ongoing task, performed slowly over time, when nothing is claiming one's immediate attention.
    I'm working on the graph-printing problem in the background.

    Last edited on Nov 12 2011. Submitted by WalterGR (via TheJargonFile) on Aug 14 2009.

  • of ongoing thought work, being solved slowly over time by a person's unconscious.
    Yeah, boss, I'm working on that in the background.

    Last edited on Nov 15 2011. Submitted by WalterGR (via TheJargonFile) on Aug 14 2009.

  • Note that this implies ongoing activity but at a reduced level or in spare time, in contrast to mainstream "back burner" (which connotes benign neglect until some future resumption of activity).

    Last edited on Aug 14 2009. Submitted by WalterGR (via TheJargonFile) on Aug 14 2009.

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