[tip-awf, -of]

noun Basketball.

a jump ball that begins each period.

Origin of tipoff

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


[tip-awf, -of]

noun Informal.

the act of tipping off.
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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Examples from the Web for tipoff

Contemporary Examples of tipoff

  • Now a senior Iraqi official tells The Daily Beast that in fact there was no Libyan tipoff.

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    Coup Tip a Fake, Official Says

    Babak Dehghanpisheh

    November 2, 2011

  • The tipoff on Tuesday was the venue for the press conference.

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    The One Who Got Away

    Michael Daly

    October 5, 2011

Historical Examples of tipoff

British Dictionary definitions for tipoff



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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