passed from pillar to post

passed from pillar to post

A popular UK idiom for monotonous repetition of a particular action—e.g., continually being moved from one location to another—a phrase that traces its origin to tennis as played by pre-renaissance royals.
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She said: "About a week after I booked the tickets, I got in touch with the event to ask if there was anything they could do to help facilitate our visit but I was passed from pillar to post for the next nine months and nobody appeared to be trying to help us.
She told the: "About a week after I booked the tickets, I got in touch with the event to ask if there was anything they could do to help facilitate our visit but I was passed from pillar to post for the next nine months and nobody appeared to be trying to help us.
Speaking to her, it is clear she feels she is being passed from pillar to post with nobody prepared to take the difficult decision.
"We were passed from pillar to post by ScottishPower and all the while I was having to borrow cars and rely on lifts to get to work.
Mr Shepherd rang the council to report what he'd seen but was 'passed from pillar to post' until eventually he spoke to someone in the Environmental Health department.
"He tells me he did try to make some contact but feels he was being passed from pillar to post.
"He had fought and was prepared to sacrifice his life for this country but when he needed help he was passed from pillar to post.
"Patients also report being passed from pillar to post between GPs and specialists, and there are only a handful of specialist fibro clinics."
So I rang them on Friday to ask what's going on and I keep getting passed from pillar to post and that dog is still out on the street.
RSPCA inspector Catherine Maddison said: "This poor dog has been passed from pillar to post and very sadly has found herself alone at the end of her life.
The Acklam mum said: "I was passed from pillar to post, no doctor gave me any kind of hope or a name for what he had.
He told me he'd written the book in 1984, it was published in 1986 and over the years it's been passed from pillar to post to different film-makers.