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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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The British Chamber of Commerce warned of skills shortages, while London First said the move "piles further pressure on businesses" and accused the government of "continually moving the goal posts".
Treasury Action: yields extended their rise after a solid second round of Richmond Fed and consumer confidence data, with stocks also moving the goal posts into the record books after the trade deal.
Doubts about Mr Skates' abilities were raised over the issue of the Circuit of Wales, where seven years and PS9million of taxpayers money were wasted, only for the single largest private investment proposal in the history of Wales to be turned down - despite comments from senior civil servants that the project provided good value for money and despite the Welsh Government trying to woo business investment whilst constantly moving the goal posts.
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.
Even author Bob Woodward has jumped in, crossing the stage like some Greek chorus in ancient Athens to announce periodically who's been "moving the goal posts." But make no mistake, this is a genuine watershed event for Washington--and Obama.
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.
"This thing Hammam is doing is what we call 'hitting below the belt' or 'moving the goal posts'.
The Government appears to be forever moving the goal posts in order to push this flagship policy through.
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