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goal·post

or goal post  (gōl′pōst′)
n.
1. One of a pair of posts usually joined with a crossbar to form a goal, as in soccer or ice hockey.
2. A post or a pair of posts supporting a crossbar and either supporting or extending into the uprights of a goal, as in football.
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goalpost

(ˈɡəʊlˌpəʊst)
n
1. (Team Sports, other than specified) either of two upright posts supporting the crossbar of a goal
2. move the goalposts to change the aims of an activity to ensure the desired results
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

goal′post`

or goal′ post`,



n.
a post supporting a crossbar and, with it, forming the goal on a playing field in certain sports, as football.
[1855–60]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.goalpost - one of a pair of posts (usually joined by a crossbar) that are set up as a goal at each end of a playing fieldgoalpost - one of a pair of posts (usually joined by a crossbar) that are set up as a goal at each end of a playing field
crossbar - long thin horizontal crosspiece between two vertical posts
goal - game equipment consisting of the place toward which players of a game try to advance a ball or puck in order to score points
post - an upright consisting of a piece of timber or metal fixed firmly in an upright position; "he set a row of posts in the ground and strung barbwire between them"
upright, vertical - a vertical structural member as a post or stake; "the ball sailed between the uprights"
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Translations
قائِمة الهدف
branková tyč
målstolpe
kapufa
markstöng
bránková tyč
kale direği

goalpost

[ˈgəʊlpəʊst] Nposte m (de la portería)
to move the goalpostscambiar las reglas del juego
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

goalpost

goal post [ˈgəʊlpəʊst] npoteau m de but
to move the goalposts, to shift the goalposts (fig)changer les règles du jeu
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

goalpost

[ˈgəʊlpəʊst] npalo (della porta)
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

goal

(gəul) noun
1. in football, rugby, hockey etc the act of kicking, hitting etc a ball between the goalposts; the point gained by doing this. He scored six goals.
2. an aim or purpose. My goal in life is to write a book.
ˈgoalkeeper noun
(also keeper) a player, eg in hockey or football, whose job is to prevent members of the other team from scoring goals.
ˈgoalpost noun
one of the two upright posts which form the goal in football, rugby, hockey etc.

to score a goal (not gaol).
to put a criminal in gaol (not goal).
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