from pillar to post

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Possibly originally "from post to pillar", a reference to the rapid movement of the ball in real tennis


from pillar to post (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic) From one place (or person, or task) to another; hither and thither
    • 2011‎ April 2, Steve Brenner, “Joey will defy pack of Wolves”, The Sun:
      Back in August, the Toon ace was kicked from pillar to post by Karl Henry in a bone-crunching midfield battle at Molineux.
    • 2011 March 28, “Bihar Assembly Passes Bill for Time-Bound Government Services‎”,, Patna:
      When the bill becomes an act, it will provide a big relief to people who now run from pillar to post and are forced to pay bribes to get their work done in government offices.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Normally implies a harassing situation.



  • OED 2nd edition 1989