Definition of goalpost in US English:



  • Either of the two upright posts of a goal.

    • ‘And inside, the little red pieces of tape on the goalposts were blowing in opposite directions.’
    • ‘What would have become of the Eagles if Akers' kick had gone flying wide of the goalpost?’
    • ‘One time after practice, Leftwich stood at his own 30 and hit the goalpost on the fly.’
    • ‘The distance between the goals and the goalposts shall be decided upon by the Captains of the sides playing.’
    • ‘Did you see T.O. get up last night after his touchdown to dunk the ball through the goalpost?’
    • ‘Meanwhile a forlorn figure leant against a goalpost long after the finish.’
    • ‘Goals are scored when the ball is kicked through goalposts or carried into the end zone.’
    • ‘The ball came off the goalpost and Torsten Frings' arm stopped it going over the line.’
    • ‘In celebration, students tore down the goalposts, and the chancellor canceled Monday classes.’
    • ‘During the game, his head twitches, his arms flail away, hitting his pads and file goalposts with his stick.’
    • ‘If LSU kicks off, his job on the coverage unit is to line up square with the right goalpost and plug the middle.’
    • ‘There, the burning of suits and chaining naked team-mates to goalposts was de rigueur.’
    • ‘A goal, worth three points, is scored when the sliotar is played by either team over the goalline between the goalposts and under the crossbar.’
    • ‘The same player rocked Carlow with a thunderous shot off the goalpost for a spectacular goal to put Port ahead for the first time after 12 minutes.’
    • ‘It flew at an alarming rate towards the goal, hit the goalpost, and rebounded off it straight back at me.’
    • ‘Facilities will include a platform for skateboarders, and goalposts and basketball hoops.’
    • ‘Later, he would walk on the crossbar between goalposts and try to grab the football from referees.’
    • ‘The first few games that were played, they actually put broomsticks up as the goalposts and had washing baskets.’
    • ‘It is played on the streets of Soweto with tin cans for goalposts.’
    • ‘When I first came to the club there wasn't a training ground and no-one would dare come to training in a jumper, as they would be used for goalposts!’


  • move the goalposts

    • Unfairly alter the conditions or rules of a procedure during its course.

      • ‘They immediately started moving the goalposts.’
      • ‘Or, to put it another way, why didn't we move the goalposts?’
      • ‘To be a truly advanced, sophisticated democracy you need an opposition party that knows how to react to good news by sounding whiny and grudging and moving the goalposts.’
      • ‘If Israel makes it a new precondition for progress, it will have moved the goalpost, with the cooperation of the referee.’
      • ‘You can't score if the ref keeps moving the goalpost.’
      • ‘This values debate has shown itself to be extremely useful to the GOP for decades and they are very adept at moving the goalposts when it's necessary.’
      • ‘Changing the rules is one thing, moving the goalposts after a shot has been taken is quite another.’
      • ‘Proving that ID isn't science is useful, and I think even necessary, but it does not preclude the creationists from moving the goalposts, as they are already trying to do in Dover.’
      • ‘They had no use for bi-partisanship and for every step we took toward the middle they simply moved the goalposts.’
      • ‘Nobody will notice that you are constantly moving the goalposts.’