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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Hughton was close to becoming the Albion manager before Roy Hodgson pipped him to the post and has since been linked with a number of other roles.
And Kasprzak pulled off the race of the night when he trailed Niels Kristian Iversen and pipped him to the post for a magnificent Heat 15 win, which should give the Pole great con-fidence going into tonight's meeting.
Sir Jackie was in a Porsche Super 90 while Mr Harrison pulled up in a TVR and pipped him to the post at the Heathfield track.
It could have been Luca Cumani for continuing to draw the best out of the colossal Starcraft, but at the same track a couple of hours earlier, the comfortable victory of Ouija Board in the Group 3 Princess Royal Stakes pipped him to the post.
Only daughter, Sarah, aged 24, has pipped him to the post, gaining a degree in accessory and design from a London art college.
He raced against Linford Christie, Jason Livingston and Michael Rosswess and was pushing for a place in the under-23 GB team, but someone pipped him to the post.