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tip off

Meaning: to warn someone or give someone secret information about something

For example:

  • tip sb off The thieves knew where the security van was going, so somebody must have tipped them off.

  • tip off sb Monica wondered who could have tipped off the police, and thought about everyone who knew she was carrying the drugs.

Quick Quiz:

Vince was caught stealing because someone had tipped off
  1. the security cameras
  2. the security guards
  3. the security code

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