move/shift the goalposts

Definition of move/shift the goalposts

  1. :  to change the rules or requirements in a way that makes success more difficult

Word by Word Definitions

moveplay
  1. :  to go or pass to another place or in a certain direction with a continuous motion

    :  to proceed toward a certain state or condition

    :  to become transferred during play

  1. :  the act of moving a piece (as in chess)

    :  the turn of a player to move

    :  a step taken especially to gain an objective :  maneuver

shiftplay
  1. :  to exchange for or replace by another :  change

    :  to change the place, position, or direction of :  move

    :  to make a change in (place)

  1. :  a means or device for effecting an end

    :  a deceitful or underhand scheme :  dodge

    :  an effort or expedient exerted or tried in difficult circumstances :  extremity

goalpostplay goalposts
  1. :  one of usually two vertical posts that with or without a crossbar constitute the goal in various games


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