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tip-off

1. An act or instance of giving one secret, private, or insider information or news, especially that which gives them or someone else an advantage of some kind. Thanks to an anonymous tip-off, police were able to blow the lid off the smuggling ring.
2. The start of a basketball game, which is begun with a jump ball ("the tip"). Yeah, I'd love to watch the game. What time is tip-off?
3. By extension, the start of some event. The convention runs all weekend. Tip-off is on Friday at 4.
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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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According to the tipoff, the list of wiretapped people includes former President, Georgi Parvanov, current President, Rosen Plevneliev, right-wing leader and former PM, Ivan Kostov, honorary ethnic Turkish leader, Ahmed Dogan, nationalist leader, Volen Siderov, former Finance Minister, Simeon Djankov, EU Commissioner, Kristalina Georgieva, when on visits to Bulgaria, Tsvetelina Borislavova - banker and ex-girlfriend of former PM, Boyko Borisov, businessmen Ivo Prokopiev, Grisha Ganchev, Georgi Gergov, and a number of magistrates, among others.
Stanishev further said "Tsatsarov has been impressed by the details in the tipoff," which has prompted him to launch the probe.
The tipoff is anonymous, Stanishev admitted, but stressed details in it, such as the names of the people on wiretap, the equipment used, as well as naming the involved "spies," have made it very reliable, and sufficient to "impress" Tsatsarov.
There are three tipoffs against her, combined in one a conflict of interests committed by her husband, by a company owned by her mother, and the last one is a request for a probe in her activities, submitted by Petrova herself.
The tipoffs were submitted by the opposition Bulgarian Socialist Party, BSP, in November 2012.
The first tipoff against Boyanova has been sent to the prosecutor by Members of the Parliament from the right-wing Blue Coalition more than 2 years ago - in November 2010.
The tipoff also included information on alleged conflict of interests of Boyanova because her husband, Ivan Boyanov, is the Head of the Legal Department of Bulgaria's State Fund "Agriculture," which deals with payments from the EU agricultural program SAPARD.
According to the tipoff, Boyanova and her team made attempts to interfere in the work of the Committee by pressuring them to provide information on the assessments and on their decisions.
The tipoff further claims that in June, 2011, Demina Bayraktarska, the Chair of the Committee, has been summoned in the office of the Deputy Agriculture Minister and has been questioned on concrete applications a if they had been approved and if they would receive financing.
According to the tipoff, she had pressured the Karnobat Labor Bureau to grant to her husband's private company free vouchers to be used for training of employees.
Legal experts in Bulgaria have argued that her request to find the author of the tipoff and conduct a probe violates Article 6 from the Constitution, postulating that all Bulgarian citizens are equal before the law regardless of their personal and social status.
The lawyers further point out that the Interior Ministry agreeing to search for the author of the tipoff, but refusing to investigate the information in his letter is an example of abusing the Constitution for personal interests.