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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 people of San Miguel just saved their own lives by tipping us off with the exact location of the IEDs and ammunitions, and it shows that they are concerned about their security," Ingente noted.
While doing so, permit me to solicit your help in tipping us off to them.
The men all wear fez-like caps with long-sleeved white shirts and knee-length trousers, the defining uniform of colonized servants, tipping us off to the image's provenance: an archive of documents dating from 1911-13, when what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo was under the Belgian flag.
I walk around like everyone else but inside I feel like a stranger in my own life," Nathan tells his shrink, Dr Bennett (Sigourney Weaver), who twitches nervously at the camera, tipping us off that she knows more than she is letting on.
Yet something is amiss as he tells his shrink Dr Bennett (Sigourney Weaver), who twitches nervously at the camera, tipping us off that she knows more than she is letting on.
It's how they're saying it that is tipping us off to how they're doing, and more importantly, how they're going to do," Mason said.
Moby Debt owners may be tipping us off to some of the hard realities involved in the real world of boating.
In this case someone did the right thing by tipping us off to this cheat who had lied his way to over pounds 10,000 of benefits he was not entitled to.
A detective said yesterday: "There was a call from a phone box from someone who sounded very distressed tipping us off.
A big thanks to Jeff Poirier for tipping us off to this great idea.
We get a couple of letters every week and phone calls tipping us off about who may be involved in this top level crime - and some of the information is very good.
He was always tipping us off about some interesting piece, and he gave us the impulse to play and discover more composers.
We took a few calls tipping us off about it - and at 12.