Pipped him at the post - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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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.
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Hills was on the Erwan Charpy-trained Yaseer and looked to be headed home when Al Shemali, the Ali Rashid Al Raihe-trained winner of the Dubai Duty Free (Group 1) in 2010 under Silvestre De Sousa, caught and pipped him at the post
SCOTS film star Dougray Scott has got his revenge on Daniel Craig - the hunk who pipped him at the post
to be the new James Bond.
In the second race Rutter enjoyed a good scrap with Hislop, during which Hislop set a new lap record, but Rutter pipped him at the post
to secure his second 'double' of the season and pick up the maximum 50pts which enabled him to overtake Shaun Emmett who started the day ahead of him but fell in the first race and suffered a broken collarbone.
Gareth Gates is a very talented and brave lad, but Will's versatility pipped him at the post