goalpost goalpost, goal post goal post, n. (Sport) One of two posts supporting a crossbar which forms a goal[3], especially in American football; also, in football the entire structure consisting of the posts, crossbar, and two uprights. To score a goal by kicking the football, the ball must pass above the crossbar and between the vertical lines formed by the uprights. [PJC]

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  • goalpost — noun Date: 1857 one of usually two vertical posts that with or without a crossbar constitute the goal in various games …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • goalpost — /gohl pohst /, n. a post supporting a crossbar and, with it, forming the goal on a playing field in certain sports, as football. Also, goal post. [1855 60] * * * …   Universalium

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  • goalpost — goal|post [ goul,poust ] noun count one of the two posts that the ball must go between to score a goal in games such as soccer move the goalposts to change the rules and make it difficult for people to achieve something or to know what to do …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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