- 1The pointed or rounded end or extremity of something slender or tapering: George pressed the tips of his fingers together the northern tip of MaineMore example sentences
- His ears are wide at the base, tapering gradually to rounded tips.
- The tips of her slender fingers were revealed at the openings of the sleeves, her bare feet small but slim.
- But my favourite Goan destination lies at the other end of the state, at the extreme northern tip.
- 1.1A small piece or part fitted to the end of an object: the rubber tip of the walking stickMore example sentences
- At first glance, it's a cleaning rod with a rubber tip and a funny-looking patch.
- A vertical aluminum rod with mounting hardware and black rubber tips at each end holds the construction together.
- This two-piece telescoping staff also has a rubber tip which removes to reveal a steel point used for rough terrain.
verb (tips, tipping, tipped)[with object] Back to top
- 1 (usually as adjective tipped) Attach to or cover the end or extremity of: mountains tipped with snow [in combination]: steel-tipped spearsMore example sentences
- Forests covered the planet with natural formations of mighty mountains tipped with snow.
- Nectar feeding species are small and have long muzzles and extremely long tongues tipped with a brush-like structure.
- The most common tools used by farmers were metal tipped ploughs for turning over the soil and harrows to cover up the soil when seeds had been planted.
- 1.1Color (something) at its end or edge: velvety red petals tipped with whiteMore example sentences
- The edges of the trees are tipped with orange and red, invoking not only a time of day but also a time of year: late August or early September.
- I still don't like certain sorts of plants much because of the fear of that programme - red tipped slimy looking specimens terrify me!
- Somehow I hadn't noticed that his hair was tipped in red.
on the tip of one's tongue
- Used to indicate that someone is almost but not quite able to bring a particular word or name to mind: his name’s on the tip of my tongue!More example sentences
- I was vaguely aware of Deo and a name, a word on the tip of my tongue that I couldn't quite say.
- There was a line-up of Late Review personalities along one wall, among them several very well-known playwrights whose names remain forever on the tip of your tongue.
- Blocking refers to those times when you have a word or name on the tip of your tongue, but you just can't recall it.
- Used to indicate that someone is about to utter a comment or question but thinks better of it: it was on the tip of his tongue to ask what was the matterMore example sentences
- As Andy continued to talk about the youth group, I just smiled and nodded, pretending to listen and trying to hold back the many questions on the tip of my tongue.
- I turn around to face whoever it is, a nasty comment on the tip of my tongue, and I falter for the millionth time that day.
- He looked up, a question on the tip of his tongue, but Jay was gone.
the tip of the iceberg
- see iceberg.
late Middle English: from Old Norse typpi (noun), typpa (verb), typptr 'tipped'; related to top1.
verb (tips, tipping, tipped)
- 1Overbalance or cause to overbalance so as to fall or turn over: [no object]: the hay caught fire when the candle tipped over [with object]: a youth sprinted past, tipping over her glassMore example sentences
- In at least one seminar, the inevitable happened and she tipped over backwards on to the floor.
- He looked up at the tall man with curiosity, tipping back his head to view him, nearly tipping over backwards in his effort.
- Soon, a pile of the creatures had accumulated and the bridge tipped over and she fell in, clinging the way Jackson had done, but there were too many of them.
- 1.1Be or cause to be in a sloping position with one end or side higher than the other: [with object]: I tipped my seat back, preparing myself for sleep [no object]: the car had tipped to one sideMore example sentences
- He wore hats, tipped slightly to the side, he had the easiest laugh of anybody, he was fluent in English and Japanese and spoke to me like a peer.
- He had not awaken when the car almost tipped upon its side and rolled, and he had not awaken when Lucas and Brooke raised their voices earlier.
- I nodded, wiping my dry mouth on the back of my hand before I bent at the waist to pick up my bag and my text book, tilting my head when it tipped dizzily to the side.
- 2.1 [with object] Cause (an object) to move somewhere by striking or touching it in this way: the ball was tipped over the rim by ErvingMore example sentences
- It was an unusual goal, the forward meeting his own rebounded shot - the ball had been tipped onto the crossbar by Craig Hinchcliffe - to head home from close range.
- A right-footed shot from the edge of the area was brilliantly tipped around the post by the keeper.
- Lee Douglas had the chance but his well struck right-footed shot from the edge of the penalty area was somehow tipped around the post by the athleticism of the keeper.
- 3 [no object] (tip off) Basketball Put the ball in play by throwing it up between two opponents.More example sentences
- The usual teams were picked and Emily quickly gained possession of the ball at tip off.
- Well, right before the game, and I mean right before the tip off, I filled out the book and made sure I handed it to Tom, the ref.
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- 1British A place where trash is deposited; a dump.More example sentences
- Red-faced environment chiefs today pledged there will be no repeat of the Hampshire scandal which saw tons of recyclable waste dumped in rubbish tips.
- It's bulk that fills up the rubbish tips, and plastic bottles are the bulkiest component by weight that we have to dispose of.
- The pictures are mostly industrial landscapes like gas works or junk yards and rubbish tips.
tip one's hand
- North American • informal Reveal one’s intentions inadvertently.More example sentences
- Collecting stories across the political spectrum, he never tips his hand to reveal his views or prejudices.
- He doesn't tip his hand and reveal why he knows, but he tells Clark that he knows the story about his rescue is not quite true.
- But that will be carefully parsed by all of the economists on Wall Street to see - and if you're familiar with the way that Alan Greenspan speaks, he's almost rarely, rarely tips his hand.
- Raise or touch one’s hat or cap as a way of greeting or acknowledging someone.More example sentences
- On our way back to the car, a couple of guys walked by, and one of them, wearing a cowboy hat, tipped his hat - yes he did!
- Robert Mitchum's unforgettable performance as Powell is one forged from the purest vein of evil; even as he tips his hat and drawls a neighbourly greeting, malice wafts off the screen.
- Kiley tips his hat to those loyal listeners, acknowledging that it's the audience, not the venue, that can make or break any performance.
tip the scales (or balance)
- (Of a circumstance or event) be the deciding factor; make the critical difference: her proven current form tips the scales in her favorMore example sentences
- Depending on the extent of the difference in rank, however, other factors can tip the balance.
- This was, probably, the over-riding factor that finally tipped the scales and made him decide to make the trip at last.
- A large enrolment - of 95 students - for French immersion kindergarten next September was one factor that tipped the balance.
tip the scales at
- Have a weight of (a specified amount): this phone tips the scales at only 5 ouncesMore example sentences
- He did make the weight and tipped the scales at 121 after being overweight by four pounds the day before.
- At almost 6-5, Smith gained weight to tip the scales at 217 pounds on Friday morning.
- He now tips the scales at perhaps one third of his full adult weight, which makes him something like one fifth of Dolly's massive bulk.
late Middle English: perhaps of Scandinavian origin, influenced later by tip1 in the sense 'touch with a tip or point' Current senses of the noun date from the mid 19th century.
- 1A sum of money given to someone as a reward for their services.More example sentences
- A former agricultural engineer, he makes more money now in tips handing out towels.
- Certainly in America you will need money for tips very quickly, on arrival for the taxi or coach driver, and then the porter.
- French restaurants often add up to 15%, but the waiters will still expect a tip if service has been good.
- 2A small but useful piece of practical advice.More example sentences
- The nutritionist will provide practical advice and helpful tips on how to eat healthily, lose weight, and work more exercise into our already busy lives.
- This self-help book offers plenty of useful advice and tips which are common sense to all those who enjoy a healthy and positive in-law relationship.
- Practical advice and tips are set out in a straightforward layout, laced with quizzes of self discovery.
- 2.1A very reliable prediction or piece of inside information: are those tips you’re getting legal?More example sentences
- There will be tips and predictions from top racing experts ahead of the meeting.
- My tip for the race was a big disappointment.
- They'll talk a good race and they'll have good runs from time to time, but it's no reason to follow their tips for the next race.
verb (tips, tipping, tipped)[with object] Back to top
- 1Give (someone) a sum of money as a way of rewarding them for their services: [with two objects]: I tipped her five dollars [no object]: that sort of person never tipsMore example sentences
- After she's had enough, she refuses my money and shyly tips me five bucks.
- I described to the alleged bagpipes man what I'd be wearing the next day, and said I'd tip him some money - but he had to make sure he said g'day to me.
- I paid the cabbie, tipping him five dollars in my good mood.
- 2 (usually be tipped) British Predict as likely to win or achieve something: she was widely tipped to get the jobMore example sentences
- If anything, this whimsically acoustic five-piece are more likely to be tipped as the next Belle & Sebastian.
- The band landed a contract with music giant Sony Records and was tipped to achieve mainstream success.
- The date of county council elections across England, the first Thursday in May, has long been tipped as the most likely date for the poll.
tip someone off
- • informal Give someone information about something, typically in a discreet or confidential way: they were arrested after police were tipped off by local residentsMore example sentences
- An informant tipped me off as to where he was seen last, and I was sure that he would still be there.
- She had remained out of sight as ordered, until their inside information had tipped her off as to the arrival of the target.
- So they had this informant befriend me and tip me off that I was being monitored.
early 17th century (in the sense 'give, hand, pass'): probably from tip1.