from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The spotted sandpiper; -- called also teeter-tail. See under sandpiper.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In fishing, same as tilt, 6.
  • n. In ornithology, same as fiddler, 4. See teetertail, and cut under Tringoides.

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

  • adj. constructed so as to tip up or out of the way


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  • See a classic wooden tip-up here

    February 6, 2008

  • (noun)

    a piece of ice-fishing tackle

    A device that signals when a fish hits on your line. A flag "tips up" when the fish strikes and gives you the freedom to leave the fishing hole for a moment. (Possibly to drink beer or to warm up in the shanty.)

    February 6, 2008