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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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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It must have been the longest ride I'd been on at that age, and I can still remember the fear of cycling through town along the main arterial roads and the traffic that buffeted us about.
Here in Wales you might have thought the public sector buffeted us somewhat from the harshest aspects of the recession, however, our data shows that between 2008-2009 we suffered the third largest percentage decline in employment of any part of the UK and suffered the fifth largest declines in GVA.
We took a chance and waded across an advancing tide whose waves buffeted us side on, our feet sinking in shale that had been turned to mush by the water.