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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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.