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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
(Definition of tip sb off from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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