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....And how long hev this news about me been knowed, Pa'son Tringham?"
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.
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One woman was able to have her complaint registered, the other is running from pillar to post.
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But these decisions were not implemented, leaving employees wandering from pillar to post and post to pillar to get their services regularized.

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