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tip off

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.
See also: off, tip
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

tip someone off (about someone or something)

 and tip someone off (on someone or something)
to give someone a valuable piece of news about someone or something. I tipped the cops off about Max and where he was going to be that night. I tipped off the mayor about the financial crisis.
See also: off, tip
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

tip off

Supply with secret or private information; also, warn or alert. For example, The broker often tipped her off about stocks about to go down in price, or Somehow they were tipped off and left the country before the police could catch them. [Colloquial; late 1800s]
See also: off, tip
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

tip off

v.
1. To provide someone or something with a piece of confidential, advance, or inside information: A betrayed gang member tipped off the police. Someone must have tipped the press off about the company's financial troubles.
2. To begin with a jump ball. Used of a basketball game, tournament, or season: The basketball game tips off at 8:00.
See also: off, tip
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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The toll-free Tip offs Anonymous service is an existing Deloitte and Touche service which has been available in South Africa since 1999.
According to Alex Klein, manager of risk advisory at Deloitte and Touche, some Namibian companies have been clients of Tip offs Anonymous even when the service was only available in South Africa.
According to details, SP Rural Muhammad Javed had a tip off about gambling at Skeem Chowk Badabher area in the suburbs of Peshawar and formed a team to search the area and net the gamblers.
The crime-fighting milkmen will use the mobiles to tip off police if, on their rounds, they spot housebreakers, drug dealers or anyone acting suspiciously.
Towing tip offs. Asking customers who purchase insurance for trucks or SUVs with trailer hitches what they plan to tow may land you boat, motorcycle or all-terrain vehicle policies.
The report says that the tip offs were specific incidents rather than general practice at all boards.
MORE pit bull terriers have been seized following tip offs from members of the public.
Crimestoppers launched a national campaign yesterday offering rewards of between pounds 50 and pounds 500, for tip offs that lead to arrests and charges.