Pipped At The Post
Scottish Country Dance InstructionPIPPED AT THE POST (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Maureen Robson
1- 8 1s+2s dance RH across, ending 1L facing out on own side. 1L casts down to 2nd place (2s step up bars 7-8) and across the set to end in 2nd place men's side facing out, while 1M (following partner) crosses over the set to partner's place, casts and ends in 2nd place ladies' side
9-16 1s+3s dance LH across, ending 1L facing out on men's side. 1L, with 1M following behind, casts up behind 2L, down through the top of the set to end between the 2s, facing 2L
17-24 1s dance LSh Semi-Alternating Tandem reel with 2s:- 1L followed by 1M left shoulder to 2L; 1M takes lead on ladies' side at bar 10; 1s complete reel with 1M leading and end facing 2M (1M followed by 1L)
25-32 17-24 1s dance LSh Semi-Alternating Tandem reel with 3s:- 1M followed by 1L left shoulder to 3L; 1L takes lead on men's side at bar 29; and 1s end in 2nd place on own sides.
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Dance InformationPipped 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, c. 1887
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