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English definition of “tip off someone”

tip off someone

(-pp-)
verb [I/T] phrasal verb with tip  /tɪp/ us  
to give secret information to someone, or to give someone information without intending to: Apparently the mob leaders were tipped off that police were watching them. Moving strike aircraft within range could have tipped off the bad guys.
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