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

pip someone at the post

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pip someone to the post

BRITISH
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

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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Shaw Lane arrived needing victory to have any chance of lifting the title but, in the end, even the three points weren't enough as rivals Stafford Rangers pipped them at the post.
Shildon are in the driving seat and will go all out to see off Marske, who pipped them at the post for last season's title.
Cardiff gained a league double over them last season, but this time Ponty pipped them at the post.
It happened again two years ago when Arsenal were 11 points clear and United pipped them at the post.
DUNDEE VIOLET boss John Markie has told his players to listen to coach Kenny Bunce if they want to start winning againThe Pansies missed out on the Tayside Premier title last season by a whisker after Carnoustie pipped them at the post.
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Last term Corbridge ruled the roost even going into the final fixtures, but Alnmouth pipped them at the post in a dramatic turnaround.
A TOP-notch US team should sew up gold but four years ago in Athens Britain's men's 4x100m relay team pipped them at the post and will hope to do so again.
And in a reference to last season's title torment, when Manchester United pipped them at the post, he said: