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Giving information to the police or other authorities

confession

noun

a spoken or written statement in which you admit that you have committed a crime

denounce

verb

to tell an authority such as the police that a particular person is responsible for a crime

denunciation

noun

the act of telling the authorities that someone has done something wrong or illegal

dob in

to tell someone in authority about something bad that another person has done

dog

noun

someone who gives information about people to the police or to another authority

exposure

noun

the act of making something publicly known because you believe that it is wrong or illegal

finger

verb

to tell the police that someone has committed a crime

fink

noun

a person who you dislike, especially because they give information to the police

fit up

to make it seem that someone is guilty of a crime when they are not

frame

verb

to make someone seem guilty of a crime when they are not, for example by lying to the police or by producing false evidence

frame-up

noun

a situation in which someone tries to make an innocent person seem guilty of a crime, by lying or by producing false evidence

grass

noun

a person, usually a criminal, who tells the police what other criminals have done

grass

verb

to tell someone in authority, especially the police, about something bad that someone else has done

grass up

to tell someone in authority, especially the police, about something bad that someone else has done

hand over

to give someone to the police or another authority that will become responsible for them

inform on

to secretly give the police or someone in authority information about someone

informant

noun

someone who secretly gives information about someone to the police or someone in authority

informer

noun

someone who secretly gives information about someone to the police or someone in authority

nark

noun

someone who secretly informs the police about a criminal’s activities

pass

verb

to give information, especially to the police or to an enemy

rat on

to tell someone in authority about something that someone you know has done wrong

report

verb

to tell someone in authority about a crime, something dangerous etc

shop

verb

to inform the police or someone in authority about someone who has done something illegal or wrong

sing

verb

to tell someone in authority all the details of a crime, especially one that you have committed

sneak

verb

to tell someone about something wrong that someone else has done. The American word is snitch

snitch

verb

to tell someone about something wrong that someone else has done

snout

noun

someone who gives information about criminals to the police

squeal

verb

to tell the police or someone in authority that someone has done something wrong or illegal

supergrass

noun

a criminal who gives information about a lot of other criminals to the police

turn in

to tell the police about someone, or to take them to the police, because they have committed a crime

write up

to report officially that someone has done something wrong

blow the whistle

to tell the public or someone in authority about something wrong that you know someone is doing, especially at the place where you work. A person who does this is called a whistle-blower

blow the whistle (on someone/something)

to tell someone in authority that someone is doing something dishonest or illegal

turn Queen’s evidence

if a criminal turns Queen’s evidence, they agree to give information to the police or to a court of law to help them to catch other criminals

turn state’s evidence

to give evidence in a criminal trial against someone who is also involved in a crime with you, usually in order to receive a less severe punishment

pre-cation

a paid holiday given to a new employee before they start their job

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