from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Informal A piece of confidential, advance, or inside information.
- n. Informal 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.
- 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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- n. An obvious clue or indication.
- n. A report of suspicious behaviour, especially to an authority.
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- n. inside information that something is going to happen
- n. the act of starting a basketball game with a jump ball
Sticking to his routine before big games at home, James was the first player to arrive and was on the floor more than three hours before tip-off.
Another tip-off about her attitude is that later that year, she commissioned a painting of her lord chamberlain by Mr. Mortimer.
A number of years ago I saw a play, The Exonerated the title's a tip-off, directed by the multi-talented writer/actor/director/producer Bob Balaban.
Also, gone is the claustrophobic paranoia ... replaced by a trio of aliens bent on hopping from host to host, leaving behind hollowed-out human skin shells (an obvious tip-off to the characters) in order to accomplish their secret mission.
Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung said Thai authorities received a tip-off before New Year's of a planned attack, which was said to target Israelis.
To recap, in case you just got back from the Hamptons, a few weeks ago Blodget suggested on his Business Insider website that Bank of America might need to raise anywhere from $100 billion to $200 billion in new capital -- that wide spread should have been a tip-off to the rigor of the analysis -- based on information he had gleaned from two financial blogs, Naked Capitalism and Zero Hedge.
While the angel is a thrill of no trivial dimension, she's also a tip-off to Kushner's billowing excesses.
The biggest tip-off that it is not a lease is the fact that YOU pay the annual predial - property taxes - to the local government, which doesn't even show that the property is held in trust.
Instead, those environmentalists had another idea — they would tip-off some of their close friends and launch Chevron's campaign for them.
The tip-off is that neither Kelly nor Cohen informed the Bureau before or after contacting him.