Pipped us to the post - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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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.
pip somebody at/to the ˈpost (British English, informal) beat somebody in a race, competition, etc. by only a small amount or at the last moment: We thought we’d won the contract, but we were pipped at the post by a rival company. ♢ I was winning the race until Tina came up behind me and pipped me to the post.
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Sunderland pipped us to the post
last time we met and we don't want a repeat.
We were neck and neck, there were a lot of penalties, both teams fought hard and then when the final whistle went the scoreboard showed Gent had just pipped us to the post
by two points.
Unfortunately one M Gibson pipped us to the post
20 years ago in making Braveheart, when it's a Welsh story also - it's great that it's come full circle.
But sadly, once again, Las Vegas pipped us to the post
by just several hundred runners.
We had to claw back our season and did so magnificently, allowing us to finally bring the title back home and away from Chester-le-Street, who have pipped us to the post
in recent years.