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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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.
Ms Black said: "I have a constituent who escaped from an abusive relationship and has been passed from pillar to post between the old Child Support Agency and the new Child Maintenance Service.
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.
And after a year on loan with Middlesbrough's Under-23s, disillusioned with being passed from pillar to post by former Hearts boss Robbie Neilson, the 20-year-old insists he's come back a better player as he enters the last six months of his deal at Tynecastle deal.
The Association of British Insurers (ABI), which represents more than 250 UK insurance firms, said in a statement: "People affected by the disruption should be able to claim compensation and refunds for any expenses as simply as possible, not be passed from pillar to post.
Ever since Laurel was diagnosed, they have been passed from pillar to post through friends and relatives because we've had to spend so much time away in Birmingham for her treatment.
I was ringing them all the time but felt like I was just being passed from pillar to post.
I tried contacting TalkTalk but it's taken ages to get through and I've been passed from pillar to post.
With the new centre there was an opportunity for us to do something very different, and hopefully smooth out the patient pathway and get people to the right place first time, rather than being passed from pillar to post, which they can be currently.
It does not look like it has been passed from pillar to post, it is immaculate.