pip (someone) at the post

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pip (someone) at 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 at the post in the final 100 metres. It appears the young candidate is set to pip his competitor at 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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pip someone at the post


pip someone to the post

If you pip someone at the post or pip them to the post, you just beat them in a competition or race to achieve something. Note: The following expressions refer to the finishing post in a horse race. She applied for a job at the university, but she got pipped at the post by a man with more publications to his name. He was pipped at the post for BAFTA's best Actor award by Robert Downey Jr.
See also: pip, post, someone
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

pip someone at (or to) the post

defeat someone at the last moment.
Pip was an informal late 19th-century term for ‘defeat’, but it is uncertain from which sense of the noun pip it derives. Post here is the winning post in a race.
See also: pip, post, someone
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Any slip-up, however, could allow Liverpool, who trail by just a point, to pip them at the post by beating Wolves.
"Neither of them picked up many points in April, allowing Liam to pip them at the post, the captain finishing just 23 votes above second placed Jordan and a mere 31 points in front of third placed Luke.
Stephen Baxter's men looked destined for a third straight championship a few weeks ago only for Linfield to pip them at the post with a stunning run of form in the final strait.
Terry Cooper and John Waters have both had excellent seasons for Streetly but the quartet of Danny Sullivan, Jason Hadley, James Rudge and Matt Satchwell could well pip them at the post.
Crosby, mathematically, could still pip them at the post by winning all their remaining games.
But the negatives were all too obvious - too many penalties and allowing Sheffield to come from behind and pip them at the post.
Haunchwood Sports will triumph for the second time in two seasons if they beat Nuneaton Prince but if they slip up Drayton can pip them at the post by overcoming Ridge Lane.
Division Three sees Attleborough Arms in pole position but Pig and Whistle A could still pip them at the post.