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 Each took their turns hitting targets, including the goalpost, cross bar as well as a trio of garbage cans resting in the corner of the end zone 30 or so yards away. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "ASU practice report: Starting quarterback to be named on Monday," 9 Aug. 2019 Kirkpatrick’s sentiment is one shared by many in the Oakland Police Department, who for years have privately complained about Warshaw moving the goalposts. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Ouster of Oakland chief inflames tensions over police monitor," 3 Mar. 2020 Hand bounced a ball off the goalpost two minutes later but then Guilford was awarded a penalty stroke with 15 minutes left in the half and Maddie Epke scored. Lori Riley, courant.com, "Class M field hockey: Guilford holds off Hand, 3-2, for its second straight title," 23 Nov. 2019 Or sending his field-goal kicker out when the goalpost is close to 60 yards away. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football still can't beat the big boys. Time to try something else | Opinion," 20 Oct. 2019 Trevor Lawrence let the ball go from the zero marking the 30-yard line near the Clemson sideline toward a target who had yet to materialize near the back of the end zone, just below the crossbar of the goalpost. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville football's loss to Clemson really came down to one thing: Talent," 19 Oct. 2019 No Star Market sheet cake with little plastic goalposts and a gridiron painted in frosting. Dan Shaughnessy, BostonGlobe.com, "Something’s missing from the Super Bowl, and it’s just not the same," 31 Jan. 2020 Nvidia’s expected to launch next-gen GeForce graphics cards sometime in 2020, upgrading to a 7nm process like Navi, and that could wind up significantly moving the power and performance goalposts. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "High-end Navi GPUs and ray tracing are coming to Radeon graphics cards, AMD CEO teases," 8 Jan. 2020 Now, why does this attorney keep moving the goalpost for an interview? Fox News, "Alan Dershowitz: Kavanaugh accuser must speak first," 21 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of goalpost

1842, in the meaning defined above

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29 Mar 2020

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“Goalpost.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goalpost. Accessed 4 Apr. 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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