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[tip-awf, -of]
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noun Informal.
  1. the act of tipping off.
  2. a hint or warning: They got a tip-off on the raid.
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Origin of tip-off

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

prompt, point, whisper, prediction, inkling, warning, in, pointer, information, knowledge, hint, forecast, cue, dope, clue, bang, news, bug, word, suggestion

Examples from the Web for tip-off

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Historical Examples

  • "The type of resistance offered will be a tip-off to the Guard," he said.

    The Best Made Plans

    Everett B. Cole

  • And if that doesn't mean anything to you, here's the tip-off.

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

    Breeder Reaction

    Winston Marks

  • That was after the tip-off, as a freshman girl told Mrs. Lee.

    Betty Lee, Sophomore

    David Goodger (goodger@python.org)

  • Jacques nodded, explaining that the message, relayed by tip-off men to his uncle, had been intended for Joe Matt.

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