Definition of from pillar to post in English:

from pillar to post


  • From one place to another in an unceremonious or fruitless manner.

    ‘the refugees have been pushed from pillar to post in that area’
    • ‘We have been bounced from pillar to post over the past few weeks and this has caused a lot of distress for my family.’
    • ‘Patients with mental health problems will no longer be pushed from pillar to post once a new resource centre has opened at Queensway House in Southend.’
    • ‘‘I've been passed from pillar to post, and still nothing has been done to sort it,’ said Bernie, 56, a member of the Thornbury Newlands community group.’
    • ‘She said the community was being pushed from pillar to post and the phone companies refused to meet with them.’
    • ‘Gypsies are pushed from pillar to post and suffer prejudice and misunderstanding.’
    • ‘I have made complaints to the council and to local councillors but I seem to be getting passed from pillar to post.’
    • ‘‘I feel very guilty even now about how David got pushed from pillar to post,’ said Linda.’
    • ‘Mrs Swaffield said: ‘It is so wrong that this old lady is being pushed around from pillar to post.’’
    • ‘The youths need somewhere to go because at the moment they are moved from pillar to post.’
    • ‘We know how frustrating it can be for business people to be passed from pillar to post when seeking information or support.’
    from place to place, around, about, to and fro, hither and thither, back and forth, in all directions, from pillar to post
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