One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Unfairly alter the conditions or rules of a procedure during its course.
- ‘Or, to put it another way, why didn't we move the goalposts?’
- ‘Nobody will notice that you are constantly moving the goalposts.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘They had no use for bi-partisanship and for every step we took toward the middle they simply moved the goalposts.’
- ‘Changing the rules is one thing, moving the goalposts after a shot has been taken is quite another.’
- ‘They immediately started moving the goalposts.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘You can't score if the ref keeps moving the goalpost.’
- ‘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.’
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