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goalpost Syllabification: goal·post
Pronunciation: /ˈɡōlˌpōst/

Definition of goalpost in English:


Either of the two upright posts of a goal.
Example sentences
  • The distance between the goals and the goalposts shall be decided upon by the Captains of the sides playing.
  • It flew at an alarming rate towards the goal, hit the goalpost, and rebounded off it straight back at me.
  • 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.


move the goalposts
Unfairly alter the conditions or rules of a procedure during its course.
Example sentences
  • 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 immediately started moving the goalposts.

Words that rhyme with goalpost

outpost • newel post
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