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or goal post  (gōl′pōst′)
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.


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


or goal′ post`,

a post supporting a crossbar and, with it, forming the goal on a playing field in certain sports, as football.
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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[ˈgəʊlpəʊst] Nposte m (de la portería)
to move the goalpostscambiar las reglas del juego


goal post [ˈgəʊlpəʊst] npoteau m de but
to move the goalposts, to shift the goalposts (fig)changer les règles du jeu


[ˈgəʊlpəʊst] npalo (della porta)


(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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This government has moved the goalposts, ESA is meant to be for those who can't work due to sickness and disability, or have "limited capability".
Now the Government have moved the goalposts from speed - because they lost that argument - to jobs.
Now, it appears the last Labour government's hugely controversial fox-hunting ban needs to be weakened - presumably because the foxes have moved the goalposts.
Ferguson said: "Darren was on the point of joining Sunderland but somewhere along the line they moved the goalposts.
Martinez had originally set up a move to bring Di Santo to Latics on loan but moved the goalposts yesterday and now plans to take him in a full-time swoop.
Bush administration has moved the goalposts for the president's brother.
But the producers of other famous single malts say Diageo, the owners of the brand, have moved the goalposts to bamboozle ignorant foreigners by still using the famous Cardhu name.