send (one) from pillar to post

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send (one) from pillar to post

To instruct or direct one to travel from place to place, especially in a futile, indeterminate, or impermanent manner. They've been sending me from pillar to post looking for the right replacement part, but nowhere seems to have it. He's been sent from pillar to post for his work. I wish they would give him a break from so much travel.
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send someone from pillar to post

Fig. to send someone to many different places, none of which is the correct place. (Compare this with send someone on a wild-goose chase.) Jill sent Roger from pillar to post to look for a special kind of paper. Roger was sent from pillar to post with his problem.
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send someone from pillar to post

tv. to send someone from place to place; to give someone the runaround. Red tape everywhere I went. They sent me from pillar to post until closing time.
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I was sent from pillar to post (from Clifton to Nazimabad, then SITE and Orangi) and nothing has been done.
Responding to another question from the treasury's Abida Bibi about the completion of the Bulk Water Supply Project Murree, which had been stopped since 2002, the minister said two involved companies were sent from pillar to post. However, their dues had not been cleared by the previous governments.
Residents are being sent from pillar to post with no-one on hand to give them an explanation.
Ms Leatametse Gosetsemang, who suffered a mysterious illness which saw her being sent from pillar to post, is proud to be back on her feet.
But the break-up of departments means seniors now go into hospitals and they are sent from pillar to post.
Miss Mowatt described the reaction she got from the broadcaster as just as shocking, saying she was "sent from pillar to post and had to speak to three different people before being put through to the complaints department".
"We were sent from pillar to post looking for a diagnosis, we saw 13 to 14 consultants, then eventually we saw a geneticist who looked at him and said straight away, 'It's Mowat Wilson'.
Those who pre-booked tickets for the event also lashed out, claiming they were sent from pillar to post trying to access the event, attended by an estimated 16,000 people.
West Midland MEP Liz Lynne said during the Strasbourg debate: "We have heard from victims sent from pillar to post. Their stories have been heartrending.