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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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This subtle, clever bit of foreshadowing tips us off that we are in the hands of a confident, perhaps even visionary new director, Cooper himself, who has taken the stodgy old Hollywood chestnut, "A Star is Born," and given it a new soap-operatic life and gritty, R-rated relevance.
Every scene, tuned into like a giant dysfunctional, blaring, blinding old TV set, cleverly tips us off balance, a moment at a time.
Armed with big shades, we resume subtle star spotting in the iconic Polo Lounge where a regular (not Leo) tips us off to try the signature McCarthy chopped salad for lunch.
A particular chamber could be a car's curved cupholder or the interior of a seashell, and while the tube running diagonally across the top of one work is pretty obviously modeled after the kind of pipe used for plumbing--the tube's scale tips us off, as do its two symmetrical curves--the rest of the sculpture has seemingly crumpled and fragmented into forms at once unlocatable and strange.
That second track, "How the West Was Won," tips us off that this recording lets in a little more perk than the artist has allowed in the past.
"When we see a product that makes claims above and beyond what a dietary supplement might do - above supporting health - and within a time frame of a few minutes, it tips us off that we might have a spiked product," Fabricant noted.
The film tips us off from the start who the chief suspect is, and the movie is about figuring out how to get the killer - a cop who has lost faith in the justice system.
Maureen Lipman's mustachioed Dim Sum appears unusually becalmed, and Sam Kelly's Emperor seems surprisingly absent from proceedings after his scene-stealing work this summer in the National's "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum." (It's Kelly, on the other hand, who tips us off to the show's inordinate length, remarking late in act one, "The last rickshaw's at 12.")
Our language often tips us off to where we need some soul work.
This, in old movie lore, tips us off that he will soon be on his own personal mission to meet his Maker.
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The song from which the play takes its title tips us off to that point at once, and the first of Pinter's many directorial coups is to begin the play with its sprightly melody.