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tip-off

[tip-awf, -of] /ˈtɪpˌɔf, -ˌɒf/
noun, Informal.
1.
the act of tipping off.
2.
a hint or warning:
They got a tip-off on the raid.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15; noun use of verb phrase tip off

tipoff

[tip-awf, -of] /ˈtɪpˌɔf, -ˌɒf/
noun, Basketball.
1.
a jump ball that begins each period.
Origin
1910-15; tip4 + (kick)off
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Examples from the web for tipoff
  • The lights were dim, the vendors had not arrived and tipoff was still two hours away.
  • Owners will have to wait for an update prior to tipoff.
  • Regardless, owners will have to check back for a definitive update on his status closer to tipoff.
  • Owners will have to wait for an update closer to tipoff before setting lineups in daily leagues.
  • Owners will have to check back in for official word on his playing status closer to tipoff.
  • One of those good rivalries and definitely energy from the tipoff to the end.
British Dictionary definitions for tipoff

tip-off

noun
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
verb
3.
(transitive, adverb) to give a hint or warning to
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Slang definitions & phrases for tipoff

tip

noun

: our tip to him would be to behave (1845+)

verb

(also tip off) To give useful information or advice, esp advance information that gives an advantage of some sort: The room clerk tipped him/ Who tipped Larkin off? (1749+, variant 1891+)

[origin uncertain; perhaps fr the notion of tipping, that is, tilting something in someone's direction]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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