One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Be defeated at the last moment.
- ‘The girls played superbly but were beaten at the post losing by one match overall to the Australian team.’
- ‘Nearly everybody has a tale to tell how they got beaten at the post when buying real estate.’
- ‘They were later beaten at the post by the number two seeds.’
- ‘Caroline had no intention of being beaten at the post.’
- ‘Though he was beaten at the post he managed to create a course record.’
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