from pillar to post

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a. A slender, freestanding, vertical support; a column.
b. Such a structure or one similar to it used for decoration.
2. One who occupies a central or responsible position: a pillar of the state.
tr.v. pil·lared, pil·lar·ing, pil·lars
To support or decorate with pillars or a pillar.
from pillar to post
From one place to another; hither and thither.

[Middle English, from Old French pilier, from Medieval Latin pīlāre, from Latin pīla.]
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Adv.1.from pillar to post - from one place or situation to another; "we were driven from pillar to post"
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And here have I been knocking about, year after year, from pillar to post, as if I was no more than the commonest feller in the parish.
We just get fired around from pillar to post and get licked here and get licked there, and nobody knows what it's done for.
At any rate, during the period of Lop-Ear's marriage I knocked about from pillar to post, in danger every night that I slept, and never comfortable.
Why, the man was so badgered and worried and tortured by being knocked about from post to pillar, and from pillar to post," said Mr.
It is easy to evacuate the mantra of success regarding the CPEC with its citizens going from pillar to post for redressal of the issue of drinking water in the district.
Ms Black said: "I have a constituent who escaped from an abusive relationship and has been passed from pillar to post between the old Child Support Agency and the new Child Maintenance Service.
Activists belonging to various rights groups, along with friends and family, have been running from pillar to post for the activist's release.
Harpreet is now running from pillar to post to get the error rectified as he plans to pursue his studies abroad and apply for passport.
Allottees of Gulistan-e-Jauhar, North Karachi , Surjani Town and Korangi Town have badly been affected and in spite of continuous visit to DG office they are made to run from pillar to post and the hope of the people have been stifled.
He said Imran and his aides have gobbled up the resources of province while the people who voted his party into power are moving from pillar to post for resolution of their issues.
People have to wait for several days for restoration of electricity connection and made them run from pillar to post but in vain.
The Association of British Insurers (ABI), which represents more than 250 UK insurance firms, said in a statement: "People affected by the disruption should be able to claim compensation and refunds for any expenses as simply as possible, not be passed from pillar to post.