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“tip sb off” in British English

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tip sb off

phrasal verb with tip uk /tɪp/ us /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.

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

“tip sb off” in Business English

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tip sb off

phrasal verb with tip uk /tɪp/ us verb -pp-

to give someone information, often about something dishonest or illegal that is happening:

Financial authorities have been tipped off and are now beginning a series of investigations.

(Definition of “tip sb off” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)