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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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And like shell-dwellers, each human needs a place to be safe from the cultural currents that buffet us. When viewed as funnels the meaning again opens and shifts to express the fact that each person experiences a surfeit of occurrences in a lifetime, which must be taken in slowly, organized and distilled, drop by drop, into the unique narrative that defines who we believe ourselves to be.
So where does that leave the British people, apart from rudderless in the stormy seas that buffet us? All the signs point towards another election, probably later this year.