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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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Still another way of thinking about the accuracy of the NCLB yardstick is to calculate the probability that AYP identifies correctly the higher-performing of any two schools being compared.
A health ministry panel on Friday proposed the use of a new gauge to measure the risks faced by atomic-bomb victims of developing cancer and other illness, following criticism from victims that there have been no clear-cut yardsticks.
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But if by marriage you mean a piece of paper signed in a fluorescent-lit city hall, that remnant of medieval property law that held that a woman is the chattel of her husband, that codified yardstick used as a moral bludgeon by bully preachers, that restrictive moral interpretation that perversely asserts marriage is marriage only if there is sexual monogamy, a line on a Federal 1040 form, and the intrusion of the state into those aspects of my life that are most sacred, mystical, and holy--if this is the kind of nonsense you mean by marriage, I am against it with all my heart.
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But this yardstick is not just the profit shown by the accounts.
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com establishes a yardstick to measure perceived age bias, a factor which will impact the economy for the next 20 years.
A winning pointer in Ireland, when beating a fair yardstick, he struggled in difficult races when first going chasing for his new yard last winter, and badly needed his return to action on his handicap debut in December.
Screenwriters Mark Schwahn, Marc Hyman and Jon Zack toss in a certain amount of blather about the unfairness of a standardized test as a yardstick for individuals.
From that altitude, the craft discerned details smaller than a yardstick across.