move the goalposts

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #398 [color=blue]“English Slang Idioms (133)”, question 3

One of the problems he had with the Law class he was in was the teacher’s propensity to move the on the students. She would tell them what the standards and requirements were one week, then change them the next.

(a) dormitories
(b) classrooms
(c) goalposts
(d) agendas

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #398 [color=blue]“English Slang Idioms (133)”, answer 3

One of the problems he had with the Law class he was in was the teacher’s propensity to move the goalposts on the students. She would tell them what the standards and requirements were one week, then change them the next.

Correct answer: (c) goalposts

Your answer was: [color=red]incorrect
One of the problems he had with the Law class he was in was the teacher’s propensity to move the agendas on the students. She would tell them what the standards and requirements were one week, then change them the next.
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Does to move the goalposts on somebody mean to confuse, distract?

No. It means to change the targets/objectives.