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 The Marlins were dealt an early blow when starting senior goalkeeper Skye Hendrix left the game for good in the 27th minute after crashing her head into the goalpost on a shot from freshman Juliana Torres. Gary Curreri, sun-sentinel.com, "Cardinal Gibbons hangs on to lead this time, wins first state girls soccer title," 3 Mar. 2021 For Rowland, the perfect sandal was a goalpost, one that required multiple trips to the drawing board to achieve. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Kelly Rowland Is on a Mission to Create the Perfect Heels," 2 Mar. 2021 The kick appeared to have gone in, except the referee under the right goalpost did not have his eyes on the ball. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, "Big Sky issues an apology for referee that called a 'missed' Eastern Washington field goal," 1 Mar. 2021 But at least one veteran Democratic strategist says the party could aim for a closer goalpost and thinks there could be a better political fit for O'Rourke along the way. Rick Klein, ABC News, "GOP finds risky form of unity in opposing COVID relief bill: The Note," 25 Feb. 2021 This goalpost-moving exemplifies how the Biden team isn’t pushing nearly hard enough on school reopening. Rich Lowry, National Review, "Biden Is Too Timid on School Reopening," 12 Feb. 2021 The puck flew toward the empty Wild net, shot from 100 feet away by Kings defenseman Matt Roy, and rang off the right goalpost. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, "Wild goalie Cam Talbot takes the good breaks with the bad," 17 Jan. 2021 Eric Burrell formed his hands around a phantom handle and swung his arms down again and again, aiming where the goalpost sprouted from the Camp Randall Stadium field. Megan Ryan, Star Tribune, "Badgers defeat Gophers 20-17 in overtime, keeping Paul Bunyan's Axe," 20 Dec. 2020 When Boxall lost his battle with the goalpost, Kallman couldn't believe his eyes. Jerry Zgoda, Star Tribune, "Michael Boxall returns from rare hiatus for Minnesota United playoff game," 20 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of goalpost

1842, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of goalpost was in 1842

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16 Mar 2021

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“Goalpost.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goalpost. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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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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