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Pipped At The Post

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PIPPED AT THE POST (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Maureen Robson From North to South

1- 8 1s+2s dance RH across, 1L followed by partner casts 1 place and crosses over and both end 2nd place opposite sides with 1L facing out (2s step up 7-8)
9-16 1s+3s dance LH across, 1L followed by partner casts up behind 2M to face 2L (2s step down 15-16)
17-24 1s dance Semi-Alternating Tandem Reel with 2s:- 1s+2L pass LSh, 1M takes lead on Ladies' side on bar 19, 1s complete reel with 1M leading to end facing 3L, 2s end in top place
25-32 1s dance Semi-Alternating Tandem Reel with 3s:- 1s+3L pass LSh, 1L takes lead on Men's side on bar 31, 1s end in 2nd place own sides with 1L facing out. 2 1 3

(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)


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Pipped at the post (or pipped to the post) is a common expression meaning to be beaten by a very small margin in a competition or in a race to achieve something. The post in this expression means the winning post.

The winner is said to be 'first past the post' and the loser is said to be 'pipped at the post'.

Pipped At The Post
Pipped At The Post, c. 1887


Image copyright (cropped) Frederic Remington [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

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