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“move the goalposts” in British English

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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.

(Definition of “move the goalposts” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)