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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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The campaigners, from Merseyside and Newcastle, say that letting people leave tip-offs without giving their name encourages false or malicious claims.
The tip-off can be given anonymously and all that is needed is providing the place where they witnessed the beggar.
In total 14,882 of the tip-offs received in 2014 were forwarded to relevant sections for further examination while e e ns le 6,206 cases could not be pursued for various reasons.
The tip-off related to the two US-owned thermal power plants says that they concluded unfavorable deals for electricity supplies which also violated EU competition rules.
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.
We want a proper explanation from the police and think they should stop this happening again and take the names of anyone making tip-offs to them.
Fraud investigators received almost 400,000 tip-offs last year on people fleecing the system - a 55% increase on 2005 levels.
Summary: ABU DHABI -- Aman, the Abu Dhabi police e-reporting service received as many as 100 tip-offs about begging and using firecrackers during the holy month of Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr this year and the past year.
Still, a far more eye-opening revelation is that Penry was only able to lift the lid on potential wrongdoing in the first place because he worked at police department HQ and received tip-offs from Sergeant Flint and Rosemary the telephone operator.
DIALA / Aswat al-Iraq: Security forces arrested seven persons members of two families in Baaquba upon intelligence tip-offs regarding their involvement in making improvised explosive devices inside their houses, a security official said on Friday.
Derek Coates, director of finance at Gateshead Council, said: "Gateshead Council and our partner agencies use a range of measures to uncover benefit fraud, but we have also brought a number of successful court cases as the result of tip-offs "The Council takes all the necessary steps to ensure that people who deliberately seek to defraud the council are uncovered and brought before the courts.
We should not always regard them important as we sometimes receive such tip-offs regarding not only our prime minister but also other people," Atalay told reporters.
Summary: An Iraqi man was awarded $85,000 for informing security forces of a car bomb in Baghdad, the first such reward after funds were dramatically upped for tip-offs, a military spokesman said Tuesday.
POLICE began to suspect that guns and drugs seized following tip-offs from two Liverpool drug smugglers had been deliberately planted for them to find, a court heard yesterday.
DETECTIVES had at least three tip-offs Shannon was possibly being held at Mick Donovan's shabby upstairs flat.