noun (1)
\ ˈtip-ˌȯf How to pronounce tip-off (audio) \

Definition of tip-off

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : warning, tip
2 : a telltale sign


noun (2)

Definition of tip-off (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act or an instance of putting the ball in play in basketball by a jump ball

First Known Use of tip-off

Noun (1)

1901, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1922, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tip-off

Noun (1)

tip entry 8

Noun (2)

tip entry 5

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The first known use of tip-off was in 1901

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“Tip-off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tip-off. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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