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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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References in periodicals archive ?
Yesterday the intelligence agency acknowledged that the tipoff should have been shared with the FBI's Miami office and investigated, but it was not.
A spokesman for FC said on Wednesday that acting on a tipoff, FC teams launched search operation in Eastern Bypass area of the metropolis Quetta and arrested six terrorists.
A spokesman of ANF told reporter that its staff, on a tipoff, stopped a Toyota corolla car bearing registration no.
Colonel Sultan Suwayeh Al Darmaki, Chief of the Anti-Drug Section at CID, said: "We received a tipoff recently at the section in Al Ain about a suspicious criminal activity run by a gang.
The Socialist leader further called for an immediate probe in the above tipoff, saying it was a "pathetic, dirty lie."
Summary: Sayyed filed a lawsuit Tuesday against three Future Movement lawmakers, accusing them of distorting his remarks in a tipoff they filed against him with the judiciary earlier this month.
Pc Philip Davies said the officers were responding to a tipoff from the community and seized cannabis and drugs paraphernalia.
Simeon Djankov, Finance Minister in the formerly-ruling GERB Cabinet was sacked over a corruption tipoff coming from the leader of the conservative Order, Law and Justice party, RZS, Yane Yanev.