buffet (someone or something)

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buffet (someone or something)

To frequently pass or move someone or something back and forth with someone or something else. That little girl has been buffeted between her parents ever since their divorce. I wonder if this project will ever get done, considering how it's been buffeted from one department to another for months.
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buffet someone or something (from someone or something) (to someone or something)

Fig. to shift someone or something back and forth between people, things, or places, as if being tossed around by the waves of the sea. The state agency buffeted the orphan child from one relative to another. The office staff buffeted the memo from one desk to another.
References in classic literature ?
As the east and south wind buffet one another when they beat upon some dense forest on the mountains--there is beech and ash and spreading cornel; the top of the trees roar as they beat on one another, and one can hear the boughs cracking and breaking--even so did the Trojans and Achaeans spring upon one another and lay about each other, and neither side would give way.
TSO'S Oriental Buffet One of the bar staff said he had stopped to take pictures with the locals before moving on to their next location.
This year, its wish is to put the money towards its rent, to keep the club going, and members would also like to have a buffet one afternoon to lift spirits next spring after winter has passed.
Chef Raj Magaj laid out the buffet one morning and what a spread it was: saffron Basmati rice, vegetable korma (mild, creamy curry dish), vegetable pakora (fritter), aloo (potato) eggplant, aloo zuchinni, saag paneer (spiced spinach puree), dal (lentil) makhini, tandoori chicken, achar (mixed pickles) and kuchumar salad (celery, tomatoes and carrots).
After going through the lunch buffet one day, I commented to the guest next to me how ironic it was to see iceberg lettuce alongside the brown rice, since I had long ago ascribed iceberg lettuce to the status of low or no nutrition.
The Radisson Blu Dubai Deira Creek would continue to offer such a service, replacing iftar dishes with international buffet ones, which president Emirates Culinary Guild and director of kitchens at Radisson Blu Dubai Deira Creek, Uwe Micheel felt "there was enough time to do."