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from pillar to post

Fig. from one place to a series of other places; (figuratively) from person to person, as with gossip. My father was in the army, and we moved from pillar to post year after year. After I told one person my secret, it went quickly from pillar to post.
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from pillar to post

  (British & Australian)
if someone goes from pillar to post, they are forced to keep moving from one place to another After his mother died, Billy was passed from pillar to post and ended up in a children's home.
See a pillar of strength
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from pillar to post

From one thing or place to another, hither and thither. For example, After Kevin joined the Air Force, the family kept moving from pillar to post. This expression began life in the early 1400s as from post to pillar, an order no longer used, and is thought to allude to the banging about of a ball in the game of court tennis.
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from pillar to post

From one place to another; hither and thither.
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References in classic literature ?
And here have I been knocking about, year after year, from pillar to post, as if I was no more than the commonest feller in the parish.
We just get fired around from pillar to post and get licked here and get licked there, and nobody knows what it's done for.
At any rate, during the period of Lop-Ear's marriage I knocked about from pillar to post, in danger every night that I slept, and never comfortable.
Why, the man was so badgered and worried and tortured by being knocked about from post to pillar, and from pillar to post," said Mr.
how the worn-out people that do come down to that, get driven from post to pillar and pillar to post, a-purpose to tire them out
A senior citizen couple has been running from pillar to post to get their FIR registered since the past 10 days.
The suspension of salaries had caused de-motivation among the employees, who have been going from pillar to post to get their salaries released.
He said that he and his family members went from pillar to post to trace him but to no purpose.
We need to tear up the model where family doctors were organised separately from hospital specialists and patients with chronic health conditions are increasingly passed from pillar to post.
June 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Pillar To Post Home Inspectors, North America's largest home inspection franchise, has added 42 new franchise locations since January of this year, bringing the company's total to 450 franchisees.
He's been passed from pillar to post at times, but always responds well.
I've got a political football, I kick it from pillar to post.
361 of his GP Fund was outstanding against AG Office and he was running pillar to post till his death for this amount.
THE way the UK Government's energy portfolio is batted from pillar to post is inexcusable, given that the oil and gas sector are so important to the economy.
Many people are running from pillar to post to reschedule their journeys on some other flights, and to get their money back from Bahrain Air.