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English definition of “tip sb off”

tip sb off

phrasal verb with tip     /tɪp/ verb (-pp-)
C2 to warn someone secretly about something that will happen, so that they can take action or prevent it from happening: [+ that] Somebody must have tipped the burglars off that the house would be empty. The robber was caught when someone tipped off the police.Threats and warningsRevealing secrets and becoming known
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