goal ( 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.
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.
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2 n-count If a course of action that someone takes harms their own interests, you can refer to it as anown goal.
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Because of the legislation I could not employ a woman. Women have made themselves unemployable. They have scored an own goal.