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 Dictionary entry overview: What does tip-off mean? 

TIP-OFF (noun)
  The noun TIP-OFF has 2 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: TIP-OFF used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

TIP-OFF (noun)

Sense 1tip-off [BACK TO TOP]


Inside information that something is going to happen

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Hypernyms ("tip-off" is a kind of...):

information (knowledge acquired through study or experience or instruction)

Sense 2tip-off [BACK TO TOP]


The act of starting a basketball game with a jump ball

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


tap-off; tip-off

Hypernyms ("tip-off" is a kind of...):

jump ball ((basketball) the way play begins or resumes when possession is disputed; an official tosses the ball up between two players who jump in an effort to tap it to a teammate)

Holonyms ("tip-off" is a part of...):

basketball; basketball game; hoops (a game played on a court by two opposing teams of 5 players; points are scored by throwing the ball through an elevated horizontal hoop)

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