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    What does "tip" mean in this circumstance ?

    A guy says to a girl: " You want a ride ? ". The girl replies: " Nope. Thanks for the tip". In this circumstance, does "the tip" mean "the offer" ?
    I received an email from an employment agency. The email notified me about a job opening with descriptions, and asked me if I'm interested in applying ; but I'm not really interested because it's not a right fit. After the explanation for refusal, can I say " Anyway, thanks for the tip. " ? Is "tip" a proper word to use in this situation?
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    Re: What does "tip" mean in this circumstance ?

    In the first case you mention, 'Thanks for the tip' is a strange way to respond to the offer of a ride. In the second case 'thanks for the offer' would be more natural, in my opinion.
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    Re: What does "tip" mean in this circumstance ?

    "thanks for the tip" means "thanks for the advice". A ride isn't advice.
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    Re: What does "tip" mean in this circumstance ?

    Actually, the first case is a dialogue in the movie 11:14 (2003), where a girl is driving, looking for her boyfriend. Her car breaks down on a street, and a van with 3 boys stops by. Then, the boys chat to her.
    979
    01:12:27,025 --> 01:12:28,219
    Girl!

    980
    01:12:32,331 --> 01:12:33,889
    Need some help?

    981
    01:12:34,933 --> 01:12:37,993
    Can I offer you a delicious
    Bong Water?

    982
    01:12:39,538 --> 01:12:41,028
    How about a doughnut?

    983
    01:12:42,507 --> 01:12:43,496
    Forget it, dude.

    984
    01:12:43,542 --> 01:12:44,975
    She's going out
    with Duffy Nichols.

    985
    01:12:45,010 --> 01:12:46,500
    You know Duffy?

    986
    01:12:46,545 --> 01:12:48,103
    Sure. He used to mow my lawn.

    987
    01:12:48,146 --> 01:12:49,670
    Yeah. We just saw him
    over at Lloyd's.

    988
    01:12:49,715 --> 01:12:50,739
    Lloyd's?

    989
    01:12:50,782 --> 01:12:52,511
    You want a ride?

    (Now, she's getting kind of upset because the car can't start. After a few tries turning the ignition key, she is able to start the car.Then,she smiles to the boy and says)

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    Nope. Thanks for the tip.

    I thought "the tip" was the offer of a ride. But now, after reading your answers, I believe it is the information about her boyfriend's location that the boy tell her.

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    Re: What does "tip" mean in this circumstance ?

    Yes, when you provide us with the complete context of the remark, in this case the "tip" refers to the information as to where her boyfriend is located.

    Here are some corrections to your post.

    "I believe it is the information about her boyfriend's location that the boy tell her."

    "I believe it is the information about her boyfriend's location that the boy revealed to her."

    Her car breaks down on a street
    , and a van with 3 boys stops by. Then, the boys chat to her.

    Her car breaks down on a street and a van with 3 boys stops by. Then, the boys chat with her.

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    Re: What does "tip" mean in this circumstance ?

    'chat to her' is fine in BE.

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