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from pillar to post

From place to place. We've been going from pillar to post for the past five years. Can't we finally settle down here?
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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

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

mainly BRITISH
If someone is moved from pillar to post, they are moved repeatedly from one place or position to another. We are exhausted after a weekend of being shoved from pillar to post. I didn't want the children pushed from pillar to post. Note: This expression comes from an early form of tennis that was played indoors. Players often played shots back and forth across the court, from the posts supporting the net to the pillars at the back of the court.
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from pillar to post

from one place to another in an unceremonious or fruitless manner.
This expression may have developed with reference to the rebounding of a ball in a real-tennis court. It has been in use in this form since the mid 16th century, though its earlier form, from post to pillar , dates back to the early 15th century.
2002 Independent There will be ‘a single door to knock on’ so people with a point to make are not passed endlessly from pillar to post.
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from pillar to post

From one place to another; hither and thither.
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They pass you from pillar to post and are accountable to no one.
At the end of the day, we cannot keep on being pushed from pillar to post.
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COALITION, described by Stephen Mahon, as the worst jumper he has ever trained, led from pillar to post in the Bartlett Maiden Hurdle at Down Royal yesterday.
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