goalpost

[gohl-pohst]
noun
a post supporting a crossbar and, with it, forming the goal on a playing field in certain sports, as football.
Also, goal post.


Origin:
1855–60

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goalpost (ˈɡəʊlˌpəʊst)
 
n
1.  either of two upright posts supporting the crossbar of a goal
2.  move the goalposts to change the aims of an activity to ensure the desired results

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Example sentences
Despite the squabbling, the formal goalpost remains clear.
The deniers have the standard moving goalpost conveyor belt going here that all deniers of anything use.
Besides, were you shown these things, the goalpost would be moved.
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