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be pipped to 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 to the post by a relatively unknown competitor in the final 100 metres. It appears the current MP has been pipped to the post, being narrowly defeated by the youngest person to ever serve in parliament.
See also: pip, post
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Delegates from the town were delighted when the news was announced as the town had been pipped to the post for the last four years.
Calvary was pipped to the post by The Lego Movie, The Wolf of Wall Street, 12 Years a Slave and The Amazing Spiderman 2.
But they were pipped to the post and lost after winning for the last two years.
But she was pipped to the post by American Eric Pequeno, whose "drive and passion for the sport" made him stand out from "a strong field of contestants", Enable Passion said in a statement.
ATHLETICS: Mo Farah had no complaints about finishing second to long-distance great Kenenisa Bekele after being pipped to the post in the Bupa Great North Run yesterday.
Always the bridesmaid but never the bride, poor Syrian actress, Sulaf Fawakherji , has once again been pipped to the post.
Summary: Paralympic poster boy Oscar Pistorius has been pipped to the post in a shock loss in the final of the T44 200m.
James missed out on a dramatic return to the live shows when he was pipped to the post by rival Amelia Lily.
But Mr Miliband, who was the favourite to succeed Gordon Brown, was pipped to the post by younger brother Ed, and many feared he would quit politics altogether.
A TEAM of teenagers from Rugby have been pipped to the post during the grand final of a national outdoor adventure competition.
Liverpool's International Slavery Museum was also among the nominations for Best Heritage Project but was pipped to the post by the restoration of Worcestershire town Stourport-on-Severn's canal basins.
The 19-year-old, who studies psychology at Birmingham University, was pipped to the post in the 1500m by St Mary's athlete Rose-Anne Galligan, who crossed the line just six one-hundredths of a second ahead of Brooks.
VILLA have made their interest known in Porto captain Lucho Gonzalez - but Martin O'Neill may be pipped to the post in any bid by Spanish giants Valencia.
Berwick were pipped to the post for promotion on goal difference by Cowdenbeath after both sides finished on the same number of points.
She was narrowly pipped to the post by Daisy, a border collie from the Isle of Man, but is still a real winner to owner Mitzi Goldberg and the children she visits every week at the autistic spectrum disorders unit in Pentrebane Primary School, Cardiff.