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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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We can check this by comparing the federal yardstick with the one used by Florida as part of its state accountability system.
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This response proved to be both a blessing and a curse, for while the series was clearly deserving of such praise, it became the yardstick by which all the artist's subsequent work has been measured.
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Consolidating statistics from across the Handango network of storefronts, the Yardstick reports on key smartphone market data that demonstrate the growing demand for mobile content, including average selling price (ASP); the number of new software providers and applications being added to the Handango library; sales by device; sales by content category; top searches; and best selling applications for each of the five major smartphone platforms: BlackBerry(TM), Palm OS(R), Symbian OS(R), and Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Smartphone.
Some of the statistics already have been reported, but the attorney general's preliminary report is considered an important yardstick in measuring and comparing crime trends in large cities throughout the state.
Using the fundamental concepts of present value and discount factors, it is possible to evaluate most kinds of investments on one kind of common yardstick.
Handango Yardstick reveals demand for multimedia content, increase in application selling prices and highlights top smartphones adding digital media
If you're not strong enough to pull out the refrigerator and clean behind it, Pinkham suggests covering a yardstick with an old sock and slipping it underneath or sliding a bath mat under the refrigerator to clean coils.
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