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See also: goal post


A goalpost in American football


goal +‎ post.



goalpost (plural goalposts)

  1. (sports) One of the two vertical side poles of a goal.
    • 2022, Liam McIlvanney, The Heretic, page 107:
      Some kids were having a kickabout on the grass beside the walkway, cheering, groaning, calling for the ball, absorbed in the game, a self-contained universe marked out by jackets for goalposts and invisible touchlines.
  2. (sports, American football) The tall Y-shaped upright, now usually of fiberglass, at either end of the playing field, through which a football must go in order for a field goal to be scored. (They were originally H-shaped, with one wooden post on either side.)
  3. A rule or target that is "moved" (changed) unfairly; see move the goalposts.
    • 2012, Sarah L. Holloway, Mark Jayne, Gill Valentine, Alcohol, Drinking, Drunkenness: (Dis)Orderly Spaces, page 55:
      [] whatever you eat, how much you drink, you know the goalposts keep moving all the time, and it's difficult to be sure that, but I don't think it's harmful, not the amount I drink.

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