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 term Corbridge ruled the roost even going into the final fixtures, but Alnmouth pipped them at the post in a dramatic turnaround.
Cardiff gained a league double over them last season, but this time Ponty pipped them at the post.
It happened again two years ago when Arsenal were 11 points clear and United pipped them at the post.
DUNDEE VIOLET boss John Markie has told his players to listen to coach Kenny Bunce if they want to start winning againThe Pansies missed out on the Tayside Premier title last season by a whisker after Carnoustie pipped them at the post.
However, iSports TV, which uses the same graphics designer, has pipped them at the post by upgrading its channel 431.
A TOP-notch US team should sew up gold but four years ago in Athens Britain's men's 4x100m relay team pipped them at the post and will hope to do so again.
With Gateshead already crowned D and N II champions, the race was on between North Shields and Wallsend to join them in D and N I next season as runners-up and, while Wallsend won 18-13 at Gosforth, North Shields pipped them at the post thanks to their 17-16 victory at Novos.