be pipped at the post

be pipped at 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. The favoured runner held the lead for the majority of the race, but he was pipped at the post by a relatively unknown competitor in the final 100 metres. It appears the current MP has been pipped at the post, being narrowly defeated by the youngest person to ever serve in parliament.
See also: pip, post
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If seen in this light, the publicity Perret attracted with Notre Dame du Raincy (1922-23) might be better understood, as might the polemics it generated -- particularly among Catholic architects miffed to be pipped at the post by a heathen.