tip off

tip off
tip off (someone) to give information to someone.

Rawson tipped off the Bennetts about this great place to have lunch in Old San Juan.

Usage notes: often said about information given to the police or other authorities:

Someone called the police to tip them off that the painting was in a locker at the bus station.

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  • tip-off — /tip awf , of /, n. Informal. 1. the act of tipping off. 2. a hint or warning: They got a tip off on the raid. [1910 15; n. use of v. phrase tip off] * * * …   Universalium

  • tip-off — n 1.) informal a secret warning or piece of information, especially one given to the police about illegal activities ▪ The arrests came after a tip off from a member of the public. 2.) AmE informal something that shows you that something is true …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • tip-off — tip ,off noun count 1. ) AMERICAN INFORMAL a sign that something exists or is likely to happen: I think the fact that she isn t here should be a tip off that she isn t interested. 2. ) in basketball, an occasion when the ball is thrown into the… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • tip-off — tip offs N COUNT A tip off is a piece of information or a warning that you give to someone, often privately or secretly. The man was arrested at his home after a tip off to police from a member of the public …   English dictionary

  • tip-off — tip′ off n. inf a tip; warning: They got a tip off on the raid[/ex] • Etymology: 1910–15 …   From formal English to slang

  • tip-off — ☆ tip off [tip′ôf΄ ] n. 1. the act of tipping off 2. a tip; confidential disclosure, hint, or warning …   English World dictionary

  • tip|off — or tip off «TIHP F, OF», noun. Informal. 1. a piece of secret or confidential information. 2. a warning. 3. a tipping off …   Useful english dictionary

  • Tip Off — is a basketball game released for the Amiga and Atari. It was developed in 1991 by Anco [ [http://www.thelegacy.de/Museum/5681/ Tip Off screenshots] at thelegacy.de (in German)] References …   Wikipedia

  • tip off — index notify Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • tip-off — ► NOUN informal ▪ a piece of confidential information …   English terms dictionary

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