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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 ​almostsigned the ​contract when the other ​guysmoved the ​goalposts and said they ​wanted more ​money.
(Definition of move the goalposts from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “move the goalposts”
in Chinese (Simplified) 改变规则,改变条件(使某人为难)…
in Chinese (Traditional) 改變規則,改變條件(使某人為難)…
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