One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Be beaten from the start of a race or competition.
- ‘This is one candidate that should be left at the post.’
- ‘In the Derby, she was left at the post, and her rider galloped her hard to get into good position.’
- ‘Unless U.S. statesmen can wangle the rights to their use, the U.S. will be left at the post.’
- ‘There were a dozen or more horses in that race, and when the barrier went up Mayflower was left at the post.’
- ‘That is breathtaking speed unheard of years ago, with the possible exception of Shannon's second to Blue Legend, after being left at the post, in the 1946 Epsom.’
- ‘The relegation issue delayed meaningful negotiations and we have been left at the post in the signings race.’
- ‘If he was a secret supporter of the Blues and the Blue chariot was left at the post, he'd keep the rope up.’
- ‘She was set to race against Joe Blair, who would get a weight break of 10 pounds, but the filly was left at the post.’
- ‘About 10 were left at the post and 10 started the wrong way.’
- ‘Was his engagement the wisest move possible at a time of major-conductor scarcity or a panicky action taken out of fear of being left at the post in the maestro sweepstakes?’
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