move the goalposts

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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He told Popsugar Australia: "We're always joking that we move the goalposts of what we're aiming for all the time.
So long as the pesky animals don't move the goalposts again and, for example, move into the city.
Everybody will have a different perspective and will move the goalposts to judge whether it's moving forward or not.
CAMPAIGNERS have raised concerns that a review of fuel poverty will move the goalposts on tackling the issue, as the Government announced who will lead the inquiry.
In reality, what Ofsted has done yet again is to move the goalposts.
Van der Logt laughed that hewas tempted to move the goalposts.
Did she already move the goalposts and just looking for rationalization
Far from being to blame for this farce, it looks like the council's only fault has been to try to find away forward from Cardiff City's attempt to - yet again - move the goalposts on this increasingly farcical project.
Eleven VCs from the conflict are on show in Brecon Military Museum, home of the Welsh Border Regiment that was formed two years after the Zulu Wars had ceased and the MoD decided to move the goalposts by merging various regiments.
Furious MPs have attacked Government attempts to move the goalposts on the miners' compensation scheme in a way which threatens to leave tens of thousands of widows in Wales without any payout.
Employers of firefighters again move the goalposts.
If employees have a target and they are working hard to achieve, it cannot only be contractually dangerous to move the goalposts in mid-stream, it can also be seriously demotivating.
Sympathy is not enough for those 11 ticket-holders who had a once-in-a-lifetime chance taken away because somebody at the Tote decided to move the goalposts.
So rather than actually deal with the nub of the problem - that ambulance crews are struggling to reach targets because of intolerable pressures - they're just going to move the goalposts.
This is wise indeed, given the propensity of the Government to move the goalposts on this project.