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
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While British style is usually streets ahead of the US, when it comes to warm weather attire, celebs across the Pond pip us to the post.
I didn't think we would be, because they were advertising the venue for a while and I thought other people would pip us to the post.
None of us would star in the film as George Clooney or someone like that might just pip us to the post.