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move the goalposts

  (British, American & Australian) also move the goal (American)
to change the rules in a situation in a way that is not fair, usually in order to make it more difficult for someone to achieve something My boss is never satisfied. Whenever I think I've done what he wants, he moves the goalposts.
See also: move
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If anyone is using football goalposts of this nature we would ask that they stop or put into place some safety measures to protect players and other members of the public who have access to them.
Contract notice: Installation and management of goalposts adjacent to overhead powerlines (OHPLS).
Half a goalpost lying forlornly on the turf as players, groundsmen, coaches and officials stood staring at it in bewilderment.
Casey Breese, 12, of Caersws, Powys who died in 2011 after a goalpost fell on himCasey Breese, 12, of Caersws, Powys who died in 2011 after a goalpost fell on him The tragedy happened at a recreation field used by Caersws Football Club in July, 2011.
LESS than 24 hours before the official opening of the PS30,000 Graig Park rugby ground at Penygraig an intruder climbed the 41ft-high goalposts and left as proof of his feat a chamberpot perched on top of one of the posts.
The metal goalposts were 20 years old, rusty and had no restraining devices to prevent them from falling over, the inquest heard.
The integration of GoalPost into Knighted's suite of supply chain software solutions will provide a significant advantage as companies look for ways to better manage overall supply chain costs, productivity and service," said Jack Horst, partner at Kurt Salmon.
At least 12 fans were trampled in the rush to escape from under the goalpost with one person reportedly suffering a broken neck.
Recommendations from Friday's Goalpost DAN SHANAHAN Dublin +10 3pts 20-21 Bet365 Tipperary to score fewer than 29.
Casey Breese was playing with pals on a village recreation ground in Caersws, near Newtown in Powys, Wales, when the goalposts collapsed, police said last night.
Goalpost Pictures is a leading Australian film and television drama production company.
Hillary Clinton moved the goalpost again today, signaling that winning
Lawsuits aside, the Jets have made a successful drive and the only thing standing between them and the goalpost is the Public Authorities Control Board, which could prove harder than the last two state approvals for the team.
If the Bank takes Mr Brown's goalpost move at face value and starts ignoring such hefty components in Britain's cost of living it will make a hash of things.
A FOOTBALL-MAD schoolboy was killed when a rusty goalpost fell on him during a kickabout with friends, an inquest heard yesterday.