1.) informal a secret warning or piece of information, especially one given to the police about illegal activities
The arrests came after a tip-off from a member of the public.
2.) AmE informal something that shows you that something is true, even though you did not expect it to be true
The fact that he hasn't called should be a tip-off that he's not interested.
3.) the beginning of a ↑basketball game, when the ball is thrown into the air and two players jump up to try to gain control of it

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