What does "tip" mean in this circumstance ?

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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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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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"thanks for the tip" means "thanks for the advice". A ride isn't advice.
 

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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)

990
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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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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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'chat to her' is fine in BE.:)
 
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