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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Last year audiences across the world were impressed by Susan Boyle's powerful version of I Dreamed a Dream, but dance group Diversity pipped her at the post in the final.
He spent the next few hours chatting with the Celebrity Big Brother star and pipped her at the post in a cake-eating competition.