pip (someone) to the post

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pip (someone) to 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 to the post in the final 100 metres. It appears the young candidate is set to pip his competitor to 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

pip somebody at/to the ˈpost

(British English, informal) beat somebody in a race, competition, etc. by only a small amount or at the last moment: We thought we’d won the contract, but we were pipped at the post by a rival company.I was winning the race until Tina came up behind me and pipped me to the post.
See also: pip, post, somebody
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And in the first season since Tottenham's food poisoning bout of 2006 that saw Arsenal pip them to the post for Champions League football, it finally appeared Spurs would buck that trend and turn the tables on their rivals - but they still earnt no reprieve.
A defeat or draw in this game would leave the back door open for Old Crown to pip them to the post having games-in-hand.
Fellow Brit performers Muse, or Mumford and Sons could win over the voters in the British Live Act section, unless fellow nominees The Rolling Stones, Coldplay and The Vaccines pip them to the post.
But the World Of Our Own singers managed to pip them to the post at the final moment.
And Frenchman Wenger knows that if City pip them to the post, the north Londoners will face a Champions League play-off clash they could well do without a fortnight before everyone else is back in action.
The Old Trafford club are three points ahead of their Spanish rivals in Group C and need only a point to guarantee progressing as group winners, yet Valencia would pip them to the post on goal difference should they leave north-west England with a win.