ChatterBank5 mins ago
Pillar to post.
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In German "von Pontius nach Pilatus." has the same general meaning as in English... to be sent from one place to another without achieving much. Seems to have an early reference in ca1420 Lydg. Assembly of Gods 1147 Thus fro poost to pylour he was made to daunce�.
There are also references, as SeaJay suggests tor the very early game of court tennis...court tennis was certainly played in the thirteenth century and perhaps earlier.prior to the fifteenth century. One feature of the game lay in some form of volley which, at the time, was called 'from post to pillar,' apparently referring to a post that supported the net (though a rope was used in those days, rather than a net).the name of the volley passed into a common saying - always 'from post to pillar' until the sixteenth century when, the original allusion having been forgotten, it gradually became reversed to the present usage, 'from pillar to post.
Finally, Mordock & Korash's "Word Origins" says From Pillar to Post originated with the Puritans when they placed wrongdoers first in the pillory then the whipping post. So... apparently you can take your pick...