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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Aberdeen have pipped us at the post in the last two years and it has been annoying.
We were just a bit unlucky they pipped us at the post.
Potter said: 'If you look at the position we were in at this stage last year we were nine points clear before Caley Thistle went on a run and pipped us at the post.
The rumours had got to many - that the favourites Newcastle/Gateshead had pipped us at the post.
Our away form is perhaps better than our form at Brandon at present, and we are still smarting from losing the first fixture at Foxhall when Ipswich pipped us at the post.