tip-off

noun (1)
\ˈtip-ˌȯf \

Definition of tip-off 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : warning, tip

2 : a telltale sign

tip-off

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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