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move the yardsticks

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 yardsticks on the whole thing! We're never going to get the book design finished in time if the publisher keeps moving the yardsticks every couple of months like this!
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Yesno said he's had productive talks with provincial Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli and federal Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford in moving the yardsticks on electrical grid expansion and building an all-weather road network within the decade.
We've been moving the yardsticks in a systemic way over the last year.