Definition of hat tip in English:

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  • (In online contexts) used as an acknowledgement that someone has brought a piece of information to the writer’s attention, or provided the inspiration for a piece of writing: hat tip to Chris Johnson, who alerted me to the story
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    • No attribution, no thank you, no hat tip, no kiss on the cheek was provided.
    • If someone posts a link to an article or news item and you see it and post it on your blog - give them a hat tip.
    • The hat tip goes to Susan for letting me know.


late 19th century (originally denoting an act of raising one's hat as a polite greeting or salutation): from the phrase tip one's hat .

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