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  ( goals    plural  )
1       n-count   In games such as football, netball or hockey, the goal is the space into which the players try to get the ball in order to score a point for their team.  
David Seaman was back in the Arsenal goal after breaking a knuckle.     
2       n-count   In games such as football or hockey, a goal is when a player gets the ball into the goal, or the point that is scored by doing this.  
They scored five goals in the first half of the match..., The scorer of the winning goal.     
3       n-count   Something that is your goal is something that you hope to achieve, especially when much time and effort will be needed.   (=aim, objective)  
It's a matter of setting your own goals and following them..., The goal is to raise as much money as possible.     

drop goal        ( drop goals    plural  ) In rugby, a drop goal is a goal that a player scores by dropping the ball and kicking it between the posts.      n-count  
goal line        ( goal lines    plural  ) , goal-line   In games such as football and rugby, a goal line is one of the lines at each end of the field.      n-count  
golden goal        ( golden goals    plural  ) In some football matches, a golden goal is the first goal scored in extra time, which wins the match for the team that scores it.  
  (BRIT)      n-count  
own goal        ( own goals    plural  )
1       n-count   In sport, if someone scores anown goal, they accidentally score a goal for the team they are playing against.  
  (BRIT)   usu sing  
2       n-count   If a course of action that someone takes harms their own interests, you can refer to it as anown goal.  
  (BRIT)   usu sing  
Because of the legislation I could not employ a woman. Women have made themselves unemployable. They have scored an own goal.     
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  


aim, ambition, design, destination, end, Holy Grail     (informal)   intention, limit, mark, object, objective, purpose, target  

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goals adj.
Everything one wants in life, but in a much more dramatic sense.
[Slang] Used in slang as an adjective since 2015. Instead of “these are my goals,” you would say, “Gigi Hadid is goals.”

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Term used to describe who one wants their group to be or what they want their group to accomplish.
[Slang] This has been made popular by Taylor Swift and her fleet of Twitter followers. "Oh my gosh, they are seriously squad goals!"
expression used to point out that one has to struggle or suffer to achieve his goal
Jason: Damn it! I can't take it anymore. This exercise is killing me! Ray: Yeah but it’ll help you lose weight. Don't you know? No pain, no gain!
expression referring to a high amount of effort, dedication, endurance for pursuing a cause, achieving a goal
He put blood, sweat and tears in making this movie
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