tip (one) off

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tip (one) off

To give someone secret, private, or insider information or news, especially that which gives them or someone else an advantage of some kind. An anonymous source tipped newspapers off 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.
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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.
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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]
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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.
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A letter she received during the summer tipped her off to the fact she had won the award, but she knew nothing about the letter of commendation and other certificates that were sent to Tahanto.
While no one knew why they were there, Sauer said one thing tipped her off that it had to do with her: Her parents, Jean and Todd, were sitting in the front row.
Prosecutors say Shah bought more than 700,000 Yahoo shares after Kwok tipped her off to an upcoming 2009 partnership between Yahoo and Microsoft.
The naturopathic doctor found herself reading an article in 5280 in 2002 that tipped her off that the Colorado ski industry lost $200 million due to altitude sickness, leading her to develop Acli-Mate.
She went out for a quiet night out to see Damon Albarn's African Express at the BBC Electric Proms but made a sharp exit after a mate tipped her off Jude was on the way.