• WordNet 3.6
    • n goalpost one of a pair of posts (usually joined by a crossbar) that are set up as a goal at each end of a playing field
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n goalpost One of the upright posts forming one side of the goal. See goal, 2.
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  • Arnold H. Glasgow
    Arnold H. Glasgow
    “In life, as in football, you won't go far unless you know where the goalposts are.”


Move the goalposts - When people move the goalposts, they change the standards required for something to their advantage.


In literature:

That was why the fellows seemed to him smaller and farther away and the goalposts so thin and far and the soft grey sky so high up.
"A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" by James Joyce
Enmities were forgotten with the shadow of the goalposts looming at their backs.
"The Varmint" by Owen Johnson
Two of the opponents had stayed back by their goalposts to deflect the ball should Kassar hit it.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Pandemonium had been unchained, but the Sailor heard it not, as he leaned against the goalpost feeling like a man in a nightmare.
"The Sailor" by J. C. Snaith

In news:

BEIJING — Ding Long, the only child of a truck driver from the bustling Chinese port of Qingdao, has gotten pretty good at kicking what Mandarin speakers call the "olive ball" through the goalposts in American football .
They accuse Arabs of building illegally on top of graves, using tombstones as goalposts for soccer games and lobbing firebombs to desecrate the cemetery.
MLS conks head against goalpost on tiebreaker.
Description The Goalpost Rotation exercise works your medial deltoid, rear deltoid and rotator cuff.
Watch Goalpost Rotation in the Fitness Video.
' goalpost ' Brown's Amazing Flying Camera.
The Arizona Cardinals are moving more than goalposts at their new stadium.
For the last 60 years—even when all of New York City seemed broke—the forbidding brick towers and pretty gardens of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village have stood as the goalposts of middle-class aspiration in Manhattan.
Virginia Tech's Cody Journell that grazed the goalpost before going through late in the fourth quarter last weekend at.
Iso-soccer is a brand new sport played on a uniquely designed square court with four goalposts.
With his outstretched right hand, a leaping Matt McCormick punched the shot over the crossbar on Monday before his head crashed into the goalpost.
After #3 ranked Oklahoma State took care of #10 Oklahoma 44-10, thousands of fans rushed the field, tearing down goalposts, and leaving 13 people injured, including two in critical condition.
Braylon Edwards was under the goalposts in the sunlight Friday morning, back with the Jets but appearing more limited than a day ago.
The save however, turns painful when the goalie goes groin first into the goalpost.
Obama's new goalposts came with hard targets: a million new manufacturing jobs by 2016.

In science:

The connection between δT /T and structure formation presented a definitive experimental target in the 1970s and 1980s, although the goalposts were moved in 1984 when cold dark matter was first included into the computational recipe.
The Cosmic Microwave Background