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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In addition to moving the goalposts about Russia, Giuliani also tried to walk back his previous rationale about why Trump made hush payments to women in the months leading up to the 2016 election. Aaron Rupar, Vox, "Trump’s lawyer isn’t exactly denying that Trump had foreknowledge of WikiLeaks dumps," 17 Dec. 2018 This phone is a little closer to that goalpost in depth. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "This business card-sized Japanese phone bucks the giant-phone trend," 19 Oct. 2018 What all this means is that the 5G specification provides goalposts for carriers to reach with their networks, and a set of standardized technologies and tools to get there. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "5G is almost here — here’s how everyone’s getting ready," 7 Sep. 2018 By and large, base makeup falls between two goalposts: sheer, light, and dewy (the tinted moisturizer side of things), or heavy, full-coverage, and matte (welcome to Instagram). Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Beautyblender Is Launching Foundation, and We Tried It," 19 July 2018 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

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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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