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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Prada, Pucci, Fendi, Etro and Roberto Cavalli's shows all deserve a mention, but Tod's pipped them to the post with a pooch, as Gigi Hadid swanned down the runway clutching a bulldog puppy to a chorus of "aaahhhhhs".
THE PARADISE BBC1, 9pm ITV1 will soon be bringing us Mr Selfridge, but the BBC has just pipped them to the post in the department store-relateddrama stakes with this new series.
74%, except in Tasmania where nurses pipped them to the post.
In the end, West Highland terrier Devon and her owner Marie Burns pipped them to the post winning the best dog at the event.
Chelsea had it far too easy last season, and in a strange way I'd find it more encouraging from a Liverpool perspective if United pipped them to the post.
MONDAY Classic Car Rescue (Five, 8pm) Bernie Fineman and Mario Pacione will be hoping to restore classic cars to their former glory by tracking down the parts that can bring the vintage wrecks back to life TUESDAY The Paradise (BBC One, 9pm) ITV1 will soon be bringing us Mr Selfridge, but the BBC has just pipped them to the post in the department store-related-drama stakes with this new series.
Although The Sex Pistols are arguably the best-known punk band The Damned pipped them to the post on a number of 'firsts'.