tip-off

[ tip-awf, -of ]
/ ˈtɪpˌɔf, -ˌɒf /

noun Informal.

the act of tipping off.
a hint or warning: They got a tip-off on the raid.

Nearby words

  1. tip one's hand,
  2. tip sheet,
  3. tip the balance,
  4. tip truck,
  5. tip-in,
  6. tip-on,
  7. tip-tilted,
  8. tip-up,
  9. tip-up table,
  10. tipburn

Origin of tip-off

First recorded in 1910–15; noun use of verb phrase tip off

Origin of tip

3
First recorded in 1600–10; perhaps special use of tip4

Related formstip·less, adjectivetip·pa·ble, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for tip off

tip

1
/ (tɪp) /

noun

the extreme end of something, esp a narrow or pointed end
the top or summit
a small piece forming an extremity or enda metal tip on a cane

verb tips, tipping or tipped (tr)

to adorn or mark the tip of
to cause to form a tip
Derived Formstipless, adjective

Word Origin for tip

C15: from Old Norse typpa; related to Middle Low German, Middle Dutch tip

tip

2
/ (tɪp) /

verb tips, tipping or tipped

to tilt or cause to tilt
(usually foll by over or up) to tilt or cause to tilt, so as to overturn or fall
British to dump (rubbish, etc)
tip one's hat to take off, raise, or touch one's hat in salutation

noun

the act of tipping or the state of being tipped
British a dump for refuse, etc
Derived Formstippable, adjective

Word Origin for tip

C14: of uncertain origin; related to top 1, topple

tip

3
/ (tɪp) /

noun

a payment given for services in excess of the standard charge; gratuity
a helpful hint, warning, or other piece of information
a piece of inside information, esp in betting or investing

verb tips, tipping or tipped

to give a tip to (a person)

Word Origin for tip

C18: perhaps from tip 4

tip

4
/ (tɪp) /

verb tips, tipping or tipped (tr)

to hit or strike lightly
to hit (a ball) indirectly so that it glances off the bat in cricket

noun

a light blow
a glancing hit in cricket

Word Origin for tip

C13: perhaps from Low German tippen

tip-off

noun

a warning or hint, esp given confidentially and based on inside information
basketball the act or an instance of putting the ball in play by a jump ball

verb tip off

(tr, adverb) to give a hint or warning to
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Word Origin and History for tip off
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with tip off

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]

tip

In addition to the idioms beginning with tip

  • tip off
  • tip of the iceberg
  • tip one's hand
  • tip the balance

also see:

  • from head (tip) to toe
  • on the tip of one's tongue
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