2 verb
tip2 past tense and past participle tipped, present participle tipping


[intransitive and transitive] to move into a sloping position, so that one end or side is higher than the other, or to make something do this [= tilt]
tip forward/back/to etc
His helmet had tipped forward and the boy pushed it back.
Eric fell asleep, his head gently tipping to one side.
tip something forward/back etc
'So what?' asked Brian, tipping his chair back on its rear legs.


[transitive always + adverb/preposition] to pour something from one place or container into another
tip something onto/into something
Tip the onions and oil into a large ovenproof dish.
Ben tipped the contents of the drawer onto the table.
tip something out
Shall I tip the water out?

give money

[intransitive and transitive] to give an additional amount of money to someone such as a waiter or taxi driver:
Did you tip the waiter?
tip somebody something
I tipped him $5.

be likely to succeed

[transitive usually passive] if someone or something is tipped to do something, people think that they are most likely to succeed in doing it
tip somebody/something to do something
the man tipped to become the next President
tip somebody for/as something
He's tipped as a future world champion.
widely/strongly/hotly tipped
He had been widely tipped to get the new post of deputy director.

gold-tipped/steel-tipped/rubber-tipped etc

having a tip that is made of or covered with gold, steel etc:
a silver-tipped walking stick

tip the balance/scales

to give a slight advantage to someone or something:
Three factors helped to tip the balance in favour of the Labour leadership.

tip the scales at something

DSO to weigh a particular amount, used especially of someone who will be taking part in a sports competition:
At today's weigh-in he tipped the scales at just over 15 stone.

it's tipping (it) down

British English spokenHEM said when it is raining very heavily:
It was absolutely tipping it down.

be tipped with something

to have one end covered in something:
arrows tipped with poison
red petals tipped with white

tip your hat/cap (to somebody)

a) to touch or raise your hat as a greeting to someone
b) American English to say or do something that shows you admire what someone has done

tip somebody the wink

British English informal to give someone secret information

tip somebody ↔ off

phrasal verb
to give someone such as the police a secret warning or piece of information, especially about illegal activities:
The police must have been tipped off.
tip somebody off that
His contact had tipped him off that drugs were on the premises.
tip somebody ↔ off about
Did you tip him off about Bernard?

tip over

phrasal verb
if you tip something over, or if it tips over, it falls or turns over:
The candle tipped over and the hay caught fire.
tip something ↔ over
The current was starting to tip the canoe over and I began to panic.

tip up

phrasal verb
if you tip something up, or if it tips up, it moves into a sloping position, so that one end or side is higher than the other
tip something ↔ up
He tipped the bottle up so that the last of the liquid flowed into his glass.
Ken tipped up the wheelbarrow, then stood back to rest.

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