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from pillar to post


  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv from pillar to post from one place or situation to another "we were driven from pillar to post"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • From pillar to post hither and thither; to and fro; from one place or predicament to another; backward and forward.
    • From pillar to post See under Pillar.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • From pillar to post from one state of difficulty to another: hither and thither
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From pillar to post - If something is going from pillar to post, it is moving around in a meaningless way, from one disaster to another.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. piler (Fr. pilier)—Low L. pilare—L. pīla, a pillar.


In literature:

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.
"The Red Badge of Courage" by Stephen Crane
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.
"The Red Badge of Courage" by Stephen Crane
You don't want to keep chasing that girl from pillar to post, making her more miserable than she is now.
"Cape Cod Stories" by Joseph C. Lincoln
I had been driven from pillar to post without making a single step forward.
"The Birthright" by Joseph Hocking
They were shunted from pillar to post until they hit a place where they couldn't even hear the guns.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
Us moved 'round from pillar to post, always needy but always happy.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
The push-cart pedlers, blackmailed and driven from pillar to post, saw it.
"The Battle with the Slum" by Jacob A. Riis
Fate boots her from pillar to post and she blesses Fate and is much obliged.
"The Dark Star" by Robert W. Chambers
I certainly criticize them in my soul at times, and feel tired of being dragged around from pillar to post.
"Turn About Eleanor" by Ethel M. Kelley
They chased him from pillar to post, and presently caught him close to the castle.
"Robin Hood" by Paul Creswick
He began by traveling from pillar to post and ended by seeing France and Italy at Mrs. O'Flannagan's expense.
"Chit-Chat; Nirvana; The Searchlight" by Mathew Joseph Holt
We can't make that little thing travel from post to pillar.
"The Princess and Joe Potter" by James Otis
Bradbury hunted him from pillar to post, and could find him nowhere.
"International Short Stories" by Various
Martin had already formed his picture of Freda, overworked and underpaid, homeless and driven from pillar to post.
"Years of Plenty" by Ivor Brown
How can he, when I am badgered about from post to pillar?
"Charles Lever, His Life in His Letters, Vol. II (of II)" by Edmund Downey Charles James Lever
Traleigh, those are the girls who have been toting me around from pillar to post for the last year or more.
"Zoe; Or, Some Day" by May Leonard
And, being ashamed to remain among my friends as a drunkard, I went then from pillar to post all over the country.
"Steve P. Holcombe, the Converted Gambler" by Rev. Gross Alexander
Badgered about like this from pillar to post.
"The Happy Warrior" by A. S. M. Hutchinson
It's driven me from pillar to post, from a job to the gutter, time and again.
"The Lash" by Olin L. Lyman
He is a poor strolling player who has been dragged from pillar to post.
"The Secrets of a Savoyard" by Henry A. Lytton

In poetry:

And now night falls,
Me, tempest-tost, and driven from pillar to post,
A poor worn ghost,
This quiet pasture calls;
And dear dead people with pale hands
Beckon me to their lands.
"In a Breton Cemetery" by Ernest Christopher Dowson

In news:

Xu Tong's 157-minute docu concerns a badly crippled fortuneteller with a severely impaired wife, driven from pillar to post by police crackdowns.
Reid Abel is a licensed home inspector who operates his business, Pillar to Post, from his home.
But I doubt people are lining up to see the big Swede fight champion Jon Jones, especially the way Jones pummelled "Shogun" from pillar to post last year to win the belt.