tip off

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tip off

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.
See also: off, tip
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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He also thanked residents for continued efforts tipping them off on suspected criminals.
250 cannabis plants seized POLICE have praised the community for tipping them off about a Birmingham cannabis factory found cultivating more than 200 plants.
The Bahrainis were accused of accepting bribes from drug peddlers in return for tipping them off to planned drug raids, locations of anti-narcotics police and undercover operations.
He recalled one case when company officials received an anonymous letter tipping them off that someone was stealing gasoline from their storage tanks.
Fingers point in different directions over exactly who the plunderers are, and who's tipping them off to oncoming freights.
The Bahrainis are accused of accepting bribes from drug peddlers in return of tipping them off on drug raids, locations of anti-narcotics police and undercover operations.
The court heard another crack user was paid pounds 2,000 by a Sunday newspaper after tipping them off that they could buy drugs from Pennant.