tip-off

[tip-awf, -of]
noun Informal.
1.
the act of tipping off.
2.
a hint or warning: They got a tip-off on the raid.

Origin:
1910–15; noun use of verb phrase tip off

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tipoff

[tip-awf, -of]
noun Basketball.
a jump ball that begins each period.

Origin:
1910–15; tip4 + (kick)off

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tip-off
 
n
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
 
vb
3.  (tr, adverb) to give a hint or warning to

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Example sentences
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.
One of those good rivalries and definitely energy from the tipoff to the end.
Regardless, owners will have to check back for a definitive update on his status closer to tipoff.
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