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

Examples of goalpost in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now, why does this attorney keep moving the goalpost for an interview? Fox News, "Alan Dershowitz: Kavanaugh accuser must speak first," 21 Sep. 2018 Some on the left began pushing for Mr Trump’s impeachment as soon as he was inaugurated, whereas some on the right have assiduously shifted the goalposts, and their defence of Mr Trump, with each new damning revelation. The Economist, "The Ukraine affair The new politics of Donald Trump’s impeachment," 10 Nov. 2019 But regardless, the goalposts are better defined about what Price might be worth to other teams. BostonGlobe.com, "How the trade market for starters such as David Price has gained clarity - The Boston Globe," 19 Dec. 2019 The cheers were strong, as the Raiders escaped the first half even with the red-hot Titans, 21-21, after a south endzone goalpost upright jumped in front of a Ryan Succop field-goal attempt. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Raiders’ fans come ready to cheer, find reason to boo," 8 Dec. 2019 Fans rushed the field, Schembechler was carried on the shoulders of his players (almost taking a hard spill) and the goalposts were torn down. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "An oral history of Michigan football's greatest upset of Ohio State: OSU 'ain't (bleep)'," 25 Nov. 2019 Despite or perhaps due to the moving goalpost of e-cigarette regulations, a number of cities and states have attempted unilateral moves to restrict vaping products—and menthol cigarettes. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "The Trump Administration Wants to Ban Flavored Vaping Products. Why Not Menthol Cigarettes, Too?," 14 Nov. 2019 Teargas was fired at a large crowd at Victoria Park after protesters dug up a goalpost and metal railings from the grounds of the soccer field to block the entrance. Fox News, "Hong Kong Protesters met with tear gas after attacking Chinese news agency offices," 3 Nov. 2019 Over the last three months, Trump’s defenders have continuously moved the goalposts. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Tucker Carlson Debuts a New Ukrainegate Defense," 4 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of goalpost

1842, in the meaning defined above

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16 Feb 2020

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“Goalpost.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goalpost. Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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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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