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move the goal

To alter the rules or parameters of a situation in such a way as to suit one's needs or objectives, making it more difficult for someone else to succeed, keep pace, or achieve an opposing objective. (A US variant of the more common British phrase "move the goalposts.") Primarily heard in US. I hate arguing with that type of person. As soon as you start wearing down their logic, they just move the goal on the whole thing! We're never going to get the book design finished in time if the publisher keeps moving the goal every couple of months like this!
See also: goal, move
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Fletcher had a medical at West Ham on Friday, but the move collapsed after West Ham moved the goal posts, insisting any deal would have to be temporary, rather than permanent.
But van Gaal said after yesterday's match that the deal had fallen through after West Ham moved the goal posts.
So they moved the goal posts and delayed implementation.
Defra secretary, Owen Paterson, declared satisfaction with events so far, and when asked why more time as needed, replied laughingly that 'the badgers have moved the goal posts.
Vic Clarke, for the Wellesley Old Boys, said: "The trust has moved the goal posts.
One reason some Korea analysts believe the North is probably no closer to achieving the one-one relations it wants with the US is that it has moved the goal posts on facilitating engagement with Washington by declaring itself a nuclear power and blatantly pursuing both nuclear and ballistic missile progress this year.
While good news, the change came because the exchange moved the goal post, not because the company moved the ball.
To try to balance the books, Gordon Brown moved the goal posts, getting private firms to build hospitals, altering the economic cycle and borrowing more and more.
Mr Walsh said: "Management had moved the goal posts, but we got the word negotiation put in, which we were after.
Although the mayor vetoed the bill, it was passed by the council in 2005 and the Real Estate Board of New York decided to sue the city claiming it had moved the goal posts.
Put simply, the NGRC have moved the goal posts and I'm not happy about it.
The Government pledged to support the project to the tune of pounds 170m, and then moved the goal posts so frequently that it became abundantly clear that they had no intention of parting with a penny.
Basically, you have got older and medicine has moved the goal posts a little.
Chelmsford immediately changed their net minder and the Blaze found the net four more times in the period only for the referee to rule them out as the net minder had moved the goal.
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