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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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Mr Olner said: "She agreed with me that it is important that people should not be moved from pillar to post to find their way around the system, especially for witnesses and victims.
I've being pushed from pillar to post," said Claire, of Rotherham, South Yorks.
My players have been hammered from pillar to post this week but at least they rolled their sleeves up and didn't collapse after that start," said Bruce.
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He said: "The days when residents could only contact us on a weekday between 9am and 5pm and were pushed from pillar to post between different departments are now long gone.
Mrs Marsden was passed around from pillar to post as she battled valiantly to establish whether the man was a bogus caller (he wasn't, luckily).
We have continually been passed from pillar to post and have not been given any answers to our questions.
Executive member for children's services Cllr Paul Clein said: "Permanently excluding a child is the last resort because bouncing a pupil from pillar to post around the education system does not solve the root cause of the problem.
I HAVE been correctly quoted as saying: "You cannot condone a horse being flogged from pillar to post if it makes it win.
The Liverpool striker was pulled from pillar to post by Manchester City's Sylvain Distin, yet referee Neale Barry chose to award very few free-kicks in Baros' favour.
Tony Cruz landed the Chinese Club Challenge Cup with Our Class, who led from pillar to post in the Group 3 race over six furlongs.
I agree, but why not make it enough to pay for extra funding, so our pensioners are not pushed from pillar to post in care homes and their homes repaired to a decent standard?
They tried to go from pillar to post but were one-paced when tackled by the winner.
He knocked me from pillar to post but I know there are women out there in far worse positions than me.
Those looking to invest in the city found themselves pushed from pillar to post.