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 for From pillar to post
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pillar \Pil"lar\, n. [OE. pilerF. pilier, LL. pilare, pilarium,
     pilarius, fr. L. pila a pillar. See Pile a heap.]
     1. The general and popular term for a firm, upright,
        insulated support for a superstructure; a pier, column, or
        post; also, a column or shaft not supporting a
        superstructure, as one erected for a monument or an
        ornament.
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              Jacob set a pillar upon her grave.    --Gen. xxxv.
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              The place . . . vast and proud,
              Supported by a hundred pillars stood. --Dryden.
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     2. Figuratively, that which resembles such a pillar in
        appearance, character, or office; a supporter or mainstay;
        as, the Pillars of Hercules; a pillar of the state. "You
        are a well-deserving pillar." --Shak.
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              By day a cloud, by night a pillar of fire. --Milton.
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     3. (R. C. Ch.) A portable ornamental column, formerly carried
        before a cardinal, as emblematic of his support to the
        church. [Obs.] --Skelton.
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     4. (Man.) The center of the volta, ring, or manege ground,
        around which a horse turns.
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     From pillar to post, hither and thither; to and fro; from
        one place or predicament to another; backward and forward.
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     Pillar saint. See Stylite.
  
     Pillars of the fauces. See Fauces, 1.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Post \Post\, n. [AS., fr. L. postis, akin to ponere, positum, to
     place. See Position, and cf. 4th Post.]
     1. A piece of timber, metal, or other solid substance, fixed,
        or to be fixed, firmly in an upright position, especially
        when intended as a stay or support to something else; a
        pillar; as, a hitching post; a fence post; the posts of a
        house.
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              They shall take of the blood, and strike it on the
              two side posts and on the upper doorpost of the
              houses.                               --Ex. xii. 7.
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              Then by main force pulled up, and on his shoulders
              bore,
              The gates of Azza, post and massy bar. --Milton.
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              Unto his order he was a noble post.   --Chaucer.
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     Note: Post, in the sense of an upright timber or strut, is
           used in composition, in such words as king-post,
           queen-post, crown-post, gatepost, etc.
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     2. The doorpost of a victualer's shop or inn, on which were
        chalked the scores of customers; hence, a score; a debt.
        [Obs.]
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              When God sends coin
              I will discharge your post.           --S. Rowlands.
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     From pillar to post. See under Pillar.
  
     Knight of the post. See under Knight.
  
     Post hanger (Mach.), a bearing for a revolving shaft,
        adapted to be fastened to a post.
  
     Post hole, a hole in the ground to set the foot of a post
        in.
  
     Post mill, a form of windmill so constructed that the whole
        fabric rests on a vertical axis firmly fastened to the
        ground, and capable of being turned as the direction of
        the wind varies.
  
     Post and stall (Coal Mining), a mode of working in which
        pillars of coal are left to support the roof of the mine.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  from pillar to post
      adv 1: from one place or situation to another; "we were driven
             from pillar to post" [syn: from pillar to post, hither
             and thither]

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