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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 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

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

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

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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I'm always surprised at how many interesting galleries people tip us off to that aren't on the radar.
If life were like a soap opera script there would be heavy hints that tip us off.
Let's be honest, the police wouldn't tip us off about a story like that, they of course would like to deal with it without any media involvement whatsoever.
He has a sideline as a very gifted photographer, so his first move was to ring The Journal and tip us off about Eddie Paisley's election to the club's centenary year captaincy in the same summer his son Chris is making his debut on the European Tour.
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While some counterfeit drugs are nearly indistinguishable from the real thing, many have visual clues that can tip us off that they are not the real thing.
A reception area will be open five days a week, from 9am to 5pm, for people to place notices and items for sale, enquire about reader offers, or tip us off about a story.
She was always claiming poverty and didn't do anything that would tip us off.
It's Me, Margaret is a perfect example of how the world goes round and seems to tip us off sometimes, but we have no option but to hang on.
As much as it may be humiliating, those of us with caring mums who'll tip us off about our breath are lucky.
Despite fighting a steady, 25-knot headwind, at no time did we feel any turbulence or anything to tip us off that we were dangerously close to a thunderstorm.
He added: "The line will give people more confidence when they want to tip us off about gamblingrelated crime and help to keep gambling safe.
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Foster told me if there was any intention for a raid on us for a drug deal or surveillance, he would have access to that information and that John would tip us off.