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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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The section of the department's website which facilitates submission of anonymous tip-offs outlines a number of circumstances for which a claimant could be reported.
We will launch our own investigation into the tip-off you have given us, you will not be required to appear in front of anything or anyone nor will you be required to answer to anyone," he said.
"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.
Curtain-twitchers contacted the Department of Work and Pensions with welfare fraud tip-offs on 396,984 occasions during 2011.
Tip-offs? From high ranking police officials and a telephonist?
4) in Baaquba, capturing seven men from two families upon tip-offs that they were involved in making IEDs from inside their houses," Lt.
Acting on an anonymous tip-off, council investigators quizzed Appleby but she denied being in a relationship with the man, who she said was gay.
Some press organs published news stories earlier on Monday that extraordinary security measures were taken for Erdogan following two tip-offs that a state official would be the victim of an assassination in two weeks.
16, the Iraqi government approved plans to offer rewards of up to $85,000 for tip-offs about car bombs.
Police began to feel suspicious of the hauls but Customs officers - to whom Haase and Bennett gave the tip-offs - explained the lack of arrests to the judge who sentenced them.
DETECTIVES had at least three tip-offs Shannon was possibly being held at Mick Donovan's shabby upstairs flat.
The fraud line is a collaboration among the short-term insurance industry, long-term insurers, the SA Financial Services Intermediaries' Association, and Tip-Offs Anonymous, a professional partnership.
Now a new, totally-independent service, Tip-Offs Anonymous, enables management, employees, suppliers and customers to report workplace dishonesty in confidence and remain completely anonymous.
TIP-OFFS that followed a campaign promoting the Crimestoppers scheme in Warwickshire resulted in a record year for arrests.
Similar (and similarly misguided) "expert" tip-offs have led to embarrasing confrontations for police departments.