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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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. inside information that something is going to happen
  • n. the act of starting a basketball game with a jump ball

Etymologies

tip3 + (kick)off.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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