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

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


[tip-awf, -of]
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 for tipoff

indication, hunch, data, knowledge, question, idea, topic, matter, theme, score, subject, clue, resolution, instruction, tip, invitation, motion, charge, proposition, recommendation

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British Dictionary definitions for tipoff


  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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