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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She had previously said: "Michael is dining out on the fact he was a MasterChef finalist - and I want to pip him to the post.
The Englishman, second in both the Masters and the Open this year, ended Woods' 281-week reign at the top after Martin Kaymer failed to pip him to the post after Sunday's finish to the Valderrama Masters.
The Englishman, who finished second in both the Masters and the Open this year, ended Woods' 281-week reign at the top after Martin Kaymer failed to pip him to the post after Sunday's finish to the Valderrama Masters.
Riders Racing rider Martin Jessopp is the man to topple but after an encouraging display at Round 11 at Silverstone, Tunstall is adamant he can pip him to the post.
Some Tories have privately criticised Clarke for delaying his decision and leaving Ancram to pip him to the post.
One young star who is hoping to pip him to the post is 14-year-old St Helens gymnastics ace Elaine Kibble, a recent addition to the England rhythmic gymnastics team bound for the Commonwealth youth games.
Other contenders could be the multi-talented Craig David who has had two big smashes this year with Fill Me In and Seven Days, or perhaps All Saints will pip him to the post with their Pure Shores single, the biggest-seller so far this year.