[ tip-awf, -of ]
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  1. a jump ball that begins each period.

Origin of tipoff

First recorded in 1910–15; tip4 + (kick)off

Other definitions for tip-off (2 of 2)

[ tip-awf, -of ]

  1. the act of tipping off.

  2. a hint or warning: They got a tip-off on the raid.

Origin of tip-off

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

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How to use tipoff in a sentence

  • The tip-off was the hundred percent pregnancy of one whole test-batch.

    Breeder Reaction | Winston Marks

British Dictionary definitions for tip-off


  1. a warning or hint, esp given confidentially and based on inside information

  2. basketball the act or an instance of putting the ball in play by a jump ball

verbtip off
  1. (tr, adverb) to give a hint or warning to

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Other Idioms and Phrases with tipoff


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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