goal·​post | \ ˈgōl-ˌpōst How to pronounce goalpost (audio) \

Definition of goalpost

: one of usually two vertical posts that with or without a crossbar constitute the goal in various games

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The Galaxy’s pursuit of Pavon lasted months and often tested the patience of general manager Dennis te Kloese, who appeared to be near an agreement several times only to see the goalposts move. Los Angeles Times, "The Sports Report: Dolphins owner Stephen Ross can’t have it both ways," 9 Aug. 2019 Sources say Direct Shot is trying to have everything fixed by mid-August, but there is some skepticism among indie labels and retailers if that goalpost will be met. Ed Christman, Billboard, "'An Endless Fiasco': Indie Retailers Describe Worsening Breakdown in Getting CDs, Vinyl Delivered to Record Stores," 16 July 2019 At Tomorrowland, two years of work will result in a two-hour visual extravaganza, setting a new goalpost not just for Prydz, but the entire industry. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "Eric Prydz is going to DJ inside a giant glowing sphere — here’s how it was made," 9 July 2019 Midseason move: Louisville City FC sends Lucky Mkosana to Tampa Bay Louisville City equalized in the 55th minute when Paolo DelPiccolo's free kick sneaked just inside the near goalpost. David Harten, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville City FC earns a road draw with Indy Eleven on DelPiccolo's goal," 29 June 2019 Trump is desperately moving the goalposts In April, Trump claimed to have no knowledge of the payments to Stormy Daniels and referred questions about the matter to Cohen. Aaron Rupar, Vox, "What’s illegal about Trump’s hush payments to women, briefly explained," 12 Dec. 2018 Kevin Rooney of the Devils made the best save of the game, using his stick to deflect a Jaden Schwartz shot at an open net off the goalpost after Schneider gave the puck away in the second period. Tom Canavan, The Seattle Times, "Vince Dunn scores late in OT, Blues beat Devils 3-2," 30 Mar. 2019 Liverpool were always set to buy a new goalkeeper this summer, but since the Champions League final the goalposts have moved. SI.com, "Spanish Report Claims Liverpool Have Made World Record Offer for Elite La Liga Goalkeeper," 4 June 2018 With so many mind-blowing discoveries from Kepler and other telescopes over the past several years, the interstellar goalposts have moved. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Kepler's Last Light, and Its Towering Legacy," 8 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of goalpost

1842, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of goalpost

: one of two upright posts that form part of the goal in various games (such as soccer, hockey, and football)


goal·​post | \ ˈgōl-ˌpōst How to pronounce goalpost (audio) \

Kids Definition of goalpost

: one of two upright posts often with a crossbar that serve as the goal in various games

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