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move house

To relocate from one house or place of residence to another. Primarily heard in UK. We only moved house last spring, but because of Pete's new job, we're going to have to do it again next month!
See also: house, move

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!
See also: move

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

move the goal line

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 variant of the more common "move the goalposts.") Primarily heard in UK. I hate arguing with that type of person. As soon as you start wearing down their logic, they just move the goal line on the whole thing! We're never going to get the book design finished in time if the publisher keeps moving the goal line every couple of months like this!
See also: goal, line, move

move through the gears

To steadily increase one's momentum, as of speed, intensity, progress, or success. The home team has been training for weeks for this showdown, but they've barely had to move through the gears against such a poor performance by their opponents. With a lot of hard work and perseverance, our little business is finally starting to move through the gears!
See also: gear, move, through

move the/(one's) clock(s) back

To adjust the time on one's clock(s) back by one hour to account for the end of daylight saving time. Don't forget to move your clock back tonight. I hate having to move the clocks back every autumn, it's such an antiquated custom.
See also: back, move

move the/(one's) clock(s) forward

To advance the time on one's clock(s) ahead by one hour to account for the beginning of daylight saving time. Don't forget to move your clock forward tonight or you'll end up oversleeping tomorrow! I hate having to move the clocks forward every spring, it's such an antiquated custom.
See also: forward, move

move (the) deckchairs on the Titanic

To partake in or undertake some task, activity, or course of action that will ultimately prove trivial or futile in its possible effect or outcome. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. For all his blustering about overhauling the education system, the prime minister might as well have been moving the deckchairs on the Titanic for all the good these proposals will do. You're applying for arts council funding? Why don't you just move deckchairs on the Titanic while you're at it?
See also: deckchairs, move, on, titanic

(one had) better get moving

1. Said when one is about to or needs to leave. Well, we'd better be going. It was lovely to see you, as always. Better get moving before I miss my train!
2. Said as an imperative to make (more rapid) progress on something, such as a project. You had better get moving if you're going to finish all of these cupcakes before the party. I better get moving on wrapping these presents. There are dozens of them!
See also: better, get, moving

move the goalposts

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. I hate arguing with that type of person. As soon as you start wearing down their logic, they just move the goalposts on the whole thing! We're never going to get the book design finished in time if the publisher keeps moving the goalposts every couple of months like this!
See also: move

move up in the world

To elevate or improve one's social, political, and/or financial position in life; to become more successful than one was before. You're only going to truly move up in the world if you make a point of rubbing elbows with those of a higher social standing. It's unsurprising how quickly Sarah has moved up in the world—her tenacity and determination are matched only by her intelligence and talent.
See also: move, up, world

the moving spirit

A person who is the catalyst or founder of an organization, movement, etc. Strangely, the moving spirit behind the protest was not in attendance, despite all the work she did to organize it.
See also: moving, spirit

move with the times

To modify or update one's behavior or beliefs to reflect what is current. Of course grandpa doesn't have a cell phone—he never wants to move with the times. That senator needs to move with the times and stop saying things that are wildly inappropriate in today's world.
See also: move, times

move in for the kill

1. Literally, to approach someone or something with the intent of killing it. The lion moved in for the kill when it saw the injured antelope.
2. By extension, to approach someone or something with the intent to achieve a particular outcome. If someone finally shows interest in buying the house, I'm sure our realtor will move in for the kill.
See also: kill, move

not move a muscle

1. To not move at all; to stay completely still. When I looked down and saw the snake, I didn't move a muscle until it slithered past me. Sit still until I come back, do you hear me? Don't move a muscle!
2. To not do anything, especially in a situation when one should help. You didn't even move a muscle when I came in with the groceries. A little help next time. The kids have been glued to the TV all day not moving a muscle.
See also: move, muscle, not

get moving

to get busy; to get started; to work harder or faster. Come on, every body. Get moving! The director is coming. You had better get moving.
See also: get, moving

(I) have to be moving along.

 and (I) have to move along.
It is time for me to leave. Bill: Bye, now. Have to be movingalong. Sally: See you later. Rachel: I have to be moving along. See you later. Andrew: Bye, now. Sally: It's late. I have to move along. Mary: If you must. Good-bye. See you tomorrow.
See also: have, moving

(I'd) better get moving.

Inf. an expression announcing the need to depart. Jane: It's nearly dark. Better get moving. Mary: Okay. See you later. Bob: I'm off. Good night. Bill: Look at the time! I'd better get moving too.
See also: better, get, moving

(I've) got to get moving.

I have to leave right now. (See also (I) have to shove off for other possible variations.) Tom: Time to go. Got to get moving. Sally: Bye, Tom. Mary: It's late and I've got to get moving. Sue: Well, if you must, okay. Come again sometime. Mary: Bye.
See also: get, moving

move up in the world

 and come up in the world
Fig. to advance (oneself) and become successful. The harder I work, the more I move up in the world. Keep your eye on John. He's really coming up in the world.
See also: move, up, world

Moving three times is as bad as a fire.

Prov. If you move your household three times, you will lose or damage as many things as a fire in your house would have destroyed or damaged. Fred: The company is transferring me again. Ellen: But we can't make another move! Moving three times is as bad as a fire.
See also: bad, fire, moving, three, times

not move a muscle

to remain perfectly motionless. Be quiet. Sit there and don't move a muscle. I was so tired I couldn't move a muscle.
See also: move, muscle, not

(You'd) better get moving.

an expression encouraging someone to leave. Jane: It's nearly dark. Better get moving. Mary: Okay. I'm leaving right now. Bob: I'm off. Good night. Bill: Yes, it's late. You'd better get moving.
See also: better, get, moving

move the goalposts

If someone moves the goalposts, they change the rules or aims in a situation or activity, in order to gain an advantage and to make things more difficult for the other people involved. He was always moving the goalposts so that we could never anticipate what he wanted. They seem to move the goalposts every time I meet the required conditions. Note: You can also say that someone shifts the goalposts. The administration is shifting the goalposts and changing its demands.
See also: move

move in for the kill

or

go for the kill

COMMON In a fight or contest, if someone moves in for the kill or goes for the kill, they act decisively to defeat their enemy or opponent. Manager Graeme Souness had urged his players to go for the kill and that vital breakthrough almost came after 14 minutes. As his partner moved in for the kill, Richard made his excuses and left. Note: Other verbs are sometimes used instead of move in or go. Like a cat playing with a wounded mouse, he was in no great hurry to close in for the kill.
See also: kill, move
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The waters are the focus of Saint James's first two double-page spreads, a format that she makes use of masterfully and movingly in this book.
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A very special thank you to Fr Des, Fr Michael and Deacon Pat for the lovely service and for talking so movingly about Rosemarie and what she meant to us all.
THE tribute to Gary Ablett before the Tamworth match was impressively and movingly delivered.
Sir Michael Parkinson spoke movingly but also with humour about caring for his mum in her final years and Rodney Bickerstaffe, also spoke about the life and death of the 'incorruptible Jack Jones' who founded the Pensioners Movement when he retired in 1978.
Steve knew when to be light-hearted, but on the flipside was incredibly sensitive, not least when talking so movingly about his experience of Hillsborough.
LISTENING to Susan Boyle poignantly sing I've Dreamed A Dream and the latest talented contestant on Britain's Got Talent, Jamie Pugh, as he movingly sang Bring Him Home from the same popular LondonWest End musical, Les Miserables, will undoubtedly reawaken an interest in going to the theatre again for many of us, albeit north of the border.
THE parents of a tragic schoolboy who died after he was hit by a car today spoke movingly of the loss of their "beautiful son.
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