Meaning of pip someone at the post in English:

pip someone at the post

(also pip someone to the post)

phrase

informal British
  • Defeat someone at the last moment.

    • ‘I was pipped at the post in the men's finals’
    • ‘Nevertheless, she is disappointed that Matthew was pipped at the post by Nathan, who, she says, was later revealed to be an experienced model.’
    • ‘Having beaten off a number of other councils to reach the final, Burnley was pipped at the post for first prize by South Lanarkshire.’
    • ‘But Sam Allardyce revealed today that Hoddle was pipped at the post when he could have won the race by a distance.’
    • ‘Having looked a winner, Quinn was pipped at the post by Scot David Sneddon.’
    • ‘Sadly, she was pipped to the post by Pam from Preston.’
    • ‘He just sneaked into the lead and won it and then the final was very close but Paul pipped them at the post.’
    • ‘Perhaps if she were more willing to put out she would have pipped Pepys at the post.’
    • ‘But when I went round to my then girlfriend's, I discovered her ex had pipped me to the post with half a dozen red roses.’
    • ‘The final kick in the final second of a heart-stopping afternoon saw Melrose pip Peebles to the post.’
    • ‘Ireland qualified two teams for the quarter-finals, were unlucky when Ulster were pipped at the post for a third.’