move the goalposts
See also: move the goal posts
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈmuːv ðə ˈɡəʊlpəʊsts/, /ˈmuːv ðə ˈɡɔʊlpəʊsts/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈmuːv ðə ˈɡoʊlpoʊst/
- Hyphenation: move the goal‧posts
- (idiomatic) To alter the terms of an agreement or an agreed target, or the rules of a negotiation while it is ongoing, especially in an unfair way.
This is a Government that meets its economic targets and does not move the goalposts.
We were given a moving date, and an exchange date, but the buyers kept moving the goalposts and giving us a later date.