pip (someone) at the post

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pip (someone) at the post

To defeat or succeed over someone by a very narrow margin or at the final, crucial moment, especially in a race, competition, or athletic event. Primarily heard in UK, Australia, Ireland. The favoured runner held the lead for the majority of the race, but a relatively unknown competitor pipped him at the post in the final 100 metres. It appears the young candidate is set to pip his competitor at the post for his seat in parliament, which would make him the youngest candidate from this constituency to do so in nearly 60 years.
See also: pip, post
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But the negatives were all too obvious - too many penalties and allowing Sheffield to come from behind and pip them at the post.
He also paid out early on his beloved Man United to win the league in 2012 only for their neighbours City to pip them at the post.
Sabres are a very strong side with superb coaching and to absorb so many poor calls and still look likely to pip them at the post was a bitter pill to swallow.
Terry Cooper and John Waters have both had excellent seasons for Streetly but the quartet of Danny Sullivan, Jason Hadley, James Rudge and Matt Satchwell could well pip them at the post.
Crosby, mathematically, could still pip them at the post by winning all their remaining games.
Haunchwood Sports will triumph for the second time in two seasons if they beat Nuneaton Prince but if they slip up Drayton can pip them at the post by overcoming Ridge Lane.
Division Three sees Attleborough Arms in pole position but Pig and Whistle A could still pip them at the post.