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be pipped at the post

To be defeated or overcome by 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 he was pipped at the post by a relatively unknown competitor in the final 100 metres. It appears the current MP has been pipped at the post, being narrowly defeated by the youngest person to ever serve in parliament.
See also: pip, post
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have beaten plenty of teams, the Kuwaitis were pipped at the post as Sahar took the final game, breathed a sigh of relief and celebrated the 26-24 win.
Either side could have won but Pursglove were pipped at the post in the last quarter when Classics piled on the pressure and forced some errors.
Blonde Kayleigh won the admiration of contestant Craig Richey on Saturday's show but was pipped at the post in the final round.
And she also received a nomination for Best Leading Actress for her very first film role but was pipped at the post by Sian Angharad Roberts, who is eight decades younger than her and won for her portrayal of a newlywed in short film Hitched.
He said: "I was in a similar position 18 months ago in the National Hunt competition and was pipped at the post and finished 3rd, so I'm counting no chickens that's for sure.
THE Olympic Stadium failed to gain its fi-nal gold medal of a momentous year last night, after it was pipped at the post in the race for the UK's most coveted architecture prize.
I wonder how John feels about being pipped at the post by Nora with her wrinkly stockings and Compo and his smelly wellies?
And Mouland looked in the driving seat for a second Tour title in as many seasons when leading the Benahavis Senior Masters at La Quinta Golf and Country Club in southern Spain only to be pipped at the post by Englishman Gary Wolstenholme.
He'd led an expedition hoping to be first to the South Pole, but was pipped at the post by his Norwegian rival Roald Amundsen.
Dutchman Cup first round action saw Nags Head pipped at the post by Birkenhead Vale.
But Hamilton is reminding people of his own experience of being pipped at the post by Kimi Raikkonen in 2007, The Sun reports.
Pipped at the post were Brian James of As You Like It and Tom Newman of Hotel du Vin, both Newcastle.
Having been pipped at the post by Ryan Tubridy for the Late Late Show job, he saw this as a huge vote of confidence.
Ant and Dec were also pipped at the post by comedian Harry Hill when he scooped best entertainment performance at the ceremony.
Instead he watched pal Andy Serkis - who played the adult Dury - get pipped at the post for the Best Actor prize by Single Man star Colin Firth.