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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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It is unbelievable that they can keep moving the goal posts at this late stage, and ignore the local people and the Consultants etc trying to find a solution.
The constantly shifting goals of education are necessitating change and moving the goal post from teacher-centric output to student-centric input.
That's how you get full employment, George - with genuine prosperity, not by moving the goal posts.
Oh, and by the way, because the Welsh Assembly is continually moving the goal posts and changing the guidelines on how and what the children should be taught, she also had to re-write some of the curriculum and change all the system of record keeping that is used to gauge the children's progress against the Assembly's ever changing targets.
This is what you call moving the goal posts to the banks' benefit.
We are now involved in trapping our fellow citizens with rules and regulations and of course moving the goal posts when it suits the speed camera section.
SMEs need an individual, good, bank manager who can deliver on what is required without moving the goal posts, be practically understanding and able to cut out unnecessary bureaucracy and high costs.
A proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency to tighten particulate matter standards amounts to moving the goal posts in the middle of the game and could jeopardize state highway safety improvements.
Richard Hannon Jnr said: "Every time people talk about Paco they keep moving the goal posts.
I suggest that the EPA's efforts to tighten the standard amount to little more than moving the goal posts at a time when the nation (outside the troublesome Los Angeles Basin and Houston) is close to being in compliance with the current standard.
Moylan said the field was moved about 16-20 feet, which required moving the goal posts.
Health bosses were last week accused of moving the goal posts when they said they could not afford to harmonise pay for more than 850 staff unless everyone agreed to a service review that could see front-line job losses.
In our opinion, the EPA has been capricious and arbitrary in denying Ethyl's waiver application, in essence moving the goal post in the middle of the game.
Moving the Goal Posts may be fun for contemporary bureaucrats who don't like to change job descriptions, but Central Americans have long understood the real meaning of U.
Moving the goal posts with a larger mandate and/or shortening the time periods for compliance is neither sound policy nor fair.
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