Tip-off Definition

tĭpôf, -ŏf
tipoff
noun
The act of tipping off.
Webster's New World
A tip; confidential disclosure, hint, or warning.
Webster's New World
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.
American Heritage
An act of starting play at the beginning of a period with a jump ball.
American Heritage

(idiomatic) A report of suspicious behaviour, especially to an authority.

The police received a tip-off about a recent bank robbery.
Wiktionary
Synonyms:
tap-offtipsteerpointer
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verb

(idiomatic) To alert or inform someone.

An anonymous caller tipped off the police that the suspect would be in the area.
Wiktionary
(basketball) To put the ball in play by throwing it up between two opponents.
Wiktionary
Synonyms:
tip

Other Word Forms of Tip-off

Noun

Singular:
tip-off
Plural:
tip-offs

Origin of Tip-off

  • tip (kick)off

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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