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from pillar to post

Definition of from pillar to post

chiefly British

  1. :  from one place or one situation to another <His book has been passed from pillar to post, but no one wants to publish it.> <He has been running from pillar to post his whole life.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  a firm upright support for a superstructure :  post

    :  a usually ornamental column or shaft

    :  one standing alone for a monument

  1. :  to provide or strengthen with or as if with pillars

  1. :  a piece (as of timber or metal) fixed firmly in an upright position especially as a stay or support :  pillar, column

    :  a pole or stake set up to mark or indicate something

    :  a pole that marks the starting or finishing point of a horse race

  1. :  to publish, announce, or advertise by or as if by use of a placard

    :  to denounce by public notice

    :  to enter on a public listing

  1. :  courier

    :  one of a series of stations for keeping horses for relays

    :  the distance between any two such consecutive stations :  stage

  1. :  to travel with post-horses

    :  to ride or travel with haste :  hurry

    :  to rise from the saddle and return to it in rhythm with a horse's trot

  1. :  with post-horses :  express

  1. :  the place at which a soldier is stationed

    :  a sentry's beat or station

    :  a station or task to which one is assigned

  1. :  to station in a given place

    :  to carry ceremoniously to a position

    :  to assign to a unit, position, or location (as in the military or civil service)

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