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tip off

1. verb To give one secret, private, or insider information or news, especially that which gives them or someone else an advantage of some kind. A noun or pronoun can be used between "tip" and "off." An anonymous source tipped off reporters that the senator had been using campaign money to fund private trips to the Bahamas. I tipped the cops off about the gang's plan to rob the bank.
2. noun The act of giving one secret, private, or insider information or news, especially that which gives them or someone else an advantage of some kind. As a noun, it is usually hyphenated. Thanks to an anonymous tip-off, police were able to blow the lid off the smuggling ring.
3. noun The start of a basketball game, which is begun with a jump ball ("the tip"). As a noun, the phrase is usually hyphenated. Yeah, I'd love to watch the game. What time is tip-off?
4. noun By extension, the start of some event. As a noun, the phrase is usually hyphenated. The convention runs all weekend. Tip-off is on Friday at 4.
See also: off, tip

tip-off

n. a clue; an indication. The tip-off was when the dog started wagging his tail. We knew you were hiding somewhere close.
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For instance the fact, confirmed by the police, that a policeman had called the prospective contract killer, instead of Serbian Interpol about the tip-off the latter had passed on, was described as 'major gaffe' by the media.
Police carried out an investigation and reached to owner of a car that the person who made the tip-off gave the license number.
West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit (WMCTU) is now leading an investigation into the tip-off.
West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit is now leading an investigation into the tip-off.
A lieutenant in Dubai Police's anti-narcotics division said during the investigation that after the tip-off, a warrant was issued to search and arrest her.
According to the centralised buying manager at Pick 'n Pay, Michael Hongonekua, Pick 'n Pay launched its anonymous tip-off service in 2011 "to enable all its stakeholders which include its suppliers, customers and service providers as well as Pick 'n Pay employees to anonymously tip off any irregularities that occur within the Pick 'n Pay structures at managerial level and store level.
And it is understood he was involved in a tip-off about a home-made rocket that led to the arrest of four men in Derry's Creggan housing estate last December.
It was a successful operation for Brighouse police, which followed a tip-off from the public.
Canby 66, South Eugene 61: The Cougars were led by Taylor Lee's 14 points, Rachel Erbe's 12 points and Skylee Doman added 10 points to win the title at the Connor Ausland Memorial Tip-Off.
Worcester State 73, Becker 30: Cheyenne Jennings led all players with 16 points and Veronica Norman came off the bench to score 12 and grab seven rebounds as the Lancers (1-1) cruised in the opening game of the 31st Worcester City Tip-Off Tournament hosted by the Hawks (0-1).
a GCC national, on August 18 following a tip-off about his illegal activities.
Five more the suspects were released on Tuesday evening in the probe over the plot which came out after a senior CHP spokesman alleged the Istanbul police department had received a tip-off that a hitman was hired to shoot Baykal "in the knees" during a visit to Brussels on April 13, but that the plan had been called off two hours before it was executed.
Thomas Johnson, 60, of Garden City Villas, Ashington, Northumberland, was caught following an anonymous tip-off.
Explosives Seized by Egyptian Police after Tip-off from Rafah Residents
Acting on the tip-off, the police arrested 15 wanted persons, who will be brought to the court, the source noted.