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

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.
See also: pip, post, somebody
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According to bookmakers Paddy Power, the city is only fifth favourite to host the game, with Croke Park and the Aviva Stadium in Ireland, Holland's Rotterdam Arena and the Allianz Arena in Germany all pipping us to the post.
John Riddle, North-East regional director for corporate banking at The Royal Bank of Scotland, said: "Notwithstanding the disappointment of Liverpool pipping us to the post for the European Capital of Culture 2008 nomination, the whole process has undoubtedly benefited our region.