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English definition of “move the goalposts”

move the goalposts

UK informal disapproving
to change the rules while someone is trying to do something in order to make it more difficult for them: We'd almost signed the contract when the other guys moved the goalposts and said they wanted more money.ChangingAdapting and modifying Adapting and attuning to somethingChanging frequently
(Definition of move the goalposts from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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