goal·​post | \ˈgōl-ˌpōst \

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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With Germany up 2-1 late in the first half of a knockout round game, England's Frank Lampard appeared to even the score with a shot that bounced off the top goalpost. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "Craziest FIFA World Cup moments: Zinedine Zidane's headbutt, biggest upset, 'Hand of God'," 6 June 2018 The Canadians put a shot off the goalpost before Farmer's game-tying tally. chicagotribune.com, "Brody Roybal, Josh Misiewicz win Paralympic gold with U.S. sled hockey," 19 Mar. 2018 My, oh my, haven't the goalposts shifted in some quarters since the beginning of the cycle. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "Unpacking the real story behind Republicans' chances at holding the Senate in 2018," 4 June 2018 As a French shot ricocheted off the Honduras goalpost, Honduras goalie Noel Valladares fumbled it and pushed it out of bounds. Danielle Elliot, Popular Mechanics, "How It Works: World Cup Goal Line Technology," 21 June 2014 The goalposts were accordingly moved, and the race to 5,000 has preoccupied Tesla leadership, and both its fans and detractors, every since. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Tesla Seems to Have Finally Hit Its Goal of Producing 5,000 Model 3s in a Week," 1 July 2018 Instead of taking time to grieve the close of a meaningful high school or college experience, their attention is trained on the next goalpost. Rachel Simmons, chicagotribune.com, "Why you should stop asking new graduates what they're doing next," 10 June 2018 The $400,000 earmarked for arena improvement would pay for a turf field, goalposts and some locker room improvements. Ryan Finley, azcentral, "Arena Football League team could be coming to Tucson in 2019," 24 May 2018 Five Glaring Problems to Overcome The challenge facing Moon is to keep the Trump administration engaged, even if the goalposts shift significantly from total disarmament. Charlie Campbell, Time, "'The Korean War Is Over.' Kim Jong Un Begins 'Writing a New History' as the First North Korean Leader to Visit the South," 27 Apr. 2018

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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 \

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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