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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).
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.
References in periodicals archive ?
We have met the demands of the RMT twice and on both occasions they have moved the goalposts.
Alessio dismissed claims from target Floriano Vanzo that Killie had moved the goalposts on a proposed deal.
The Hammers have bid PS30million plus PS5m in add-ons - but the Portuguese club have moved the goalposts by increasing the initial asking price to PS40m.
It is understood Sunderland were willing to pay PS3m for Santon, but Inter suddenly moved the goalposts on the deal - which could have something to do with the Alvarez situation.
They moved the goalposts to massage the figures, their target date to eliminate fuel poverty was switched from 2016 to 2020.
But yesterday the ASLEF union, which represents a vast majority of drivers, said the operator had "moved the goalposts" and said they would re-ballot members for industrial action.
Details have emerged in the week that the council closed its flagship Birmingham Energy Savers home insulation scheme claiming the Government had "moved the goalposts" by cutting its green deal subsidies for energy efficiency measures like insulation, new boilers and solar panels.
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.
"The badgers have moved the goalposts" - Environment Secretary Owen Paterson explaining why the controversial badger cull is to be extended.