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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.
Translations of “move the goalposts”
in Chinese (Traditional) 改變規則,改變條件(使某人為難)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 改变规则,改变条件(使某人为难)…
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