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tip-off 1

 (tĭp′ôf′, -ŏf′)
n. Informal
1. A piece of confidential, advance, or inside information.
2. An indication of an otherwise unknown fact or probability: The judge called for a pitcher of water, a tip-off that the session would be long.

tip-off 2

 (tĭp′ôf′, -ŏf′)
n. Basketball
An act of starting play at the beginning of a period with a jump ball. Also called tap-off.

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1. a warning or hint, esp given confidentially and based on inside information
2. (Basketball) basketball the act or an instance of putting the ball in play by a jump ball
(tr, adverb) to give a hint or warning to
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a tip; warning: They got a tip-off on the raid.


(ˈtɪpˌɔf, -ˌɒf)

a jump ball that begins each period of a basketball game.
[1910–15; tip4 + (kick) off]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tip-off - inside information that something is going to happen
information - knowledge acquired through study or experience or instruction
2.tip-off - the act of starting a basketball game with a jump ball
jump ball - (basketball) the way play begins or resumes when possession is disputed; an official tosses the ball up between two players who jump in an effort to tap it to a teammate
basketball, basketball game, hoops - a game played on a court by two opposing teams of 5 players; points are scored by throwing the ball through an elevated horizontal hoop
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noun hint, word, information, warning, suggestion, clue, pointer, inside information, word of advice He was arrested after a tip-off to police by a member of the public.
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Informal. An item of advance or inside information given as a guide to action:
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[ˈtɪpɒf] N (= warning) → información f, advertencia f; (to police) → soplo m, chivatazo m (Sp)
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n (inf)Tipp m, → Wink m
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[ˈtɪpˌɒf] n (information) → soffiata
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DCI stated that the suspect who was not immediately identified was killed at Ngomeni area by a multi-agency team acting on a tip-off from members of the public.
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Acting on a tip-off, the ANF intercepted a car near Do Talwar in Clifton, arrested Gul Sher and recovered two-kg heroin and 800-grams cocaine from his possession.
The executive secretary of Nyamabuye sector, Laurent Rurangwa has told IGIHE that the skeleton was discovered Tuesday on a tip-off from journalists.
Summary: Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], June 30 (ANI): Using a tip-off, Hyderabad Police on Saturday busted a cricket-betting racket and arrested four accused with net cash of Rs.
Acting on a tip-off about suspicious persons and people wanted on drug-related offenses, AND personnel raided four homes in Karak and apprehended four men, one of whom is of an Arab nationality, and seized quantities of drugs, he added.
POLICE are digging in a field after a tip-off over the disappearance of a mum of four in 2002.
Addressing a press conference CTD DIG Sheikh Abdullah said that they conducted a raid on a tip-off and arrested Rehman alias 'Ustad Gi' a commander of banned TTP in Karachi.
It was Du Quoin's first game after having more than a week off following the Lady Indians Tip-Off Classic.
But the other night, ASI Razzaq of the same police station, on a tip-off from constable Rizwan Yousuf, conducted a raid on a gambling den and arrested 10 gamblers including Rafiq, Bilal, Aleem, Aslam, Ghulam Nabi, Waqas, Liaqat Ali, Rafiq Masih, and Sadiq Ali.
On a tip-off regarding presence of wanted criminal, the security agency conducted operation near River Kurram in Peshawar.