balance (something) against (something else)

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balance (something) against (something else)

To compare two things, typically one that is positive and one that is negative, often in order to make a decision. You need to balance the long commute against how much you like the job.
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balance (something) against (something else)

to consider one thing in reference to another; to weigh one possibility against another possibility. We will have to balance all the good he did against all the bad. The good will be balanced against the bad in the final reckoning.
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balance against

v.
To consider the value of something in relation to another thing: To be fair, we must balance the problems in this plan against its possible benefits.
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On the contrary, when he saw more of Captain Wentworth, saw him repeatedly by daylight, and eyed him well, he was very much struck by his personal claims, and felt that his superiority of appearance might be not unfairly balanced against her superiority of rank; and all this, assisted by his well-sounding name, enabled Sir Walter at last to prepare his pen, with a very good grace, for the insertion of the marriage in the volume of honour.
Perhaps his imperturbable character was never more strikingly developed, for he preserved his usual equable smile notwithstanding that his body was dangling in a most uncomfortable position, all loose and limp and shapeless, while his long peaked cap, unequally balanced against his exceedingly slight legs, threatened every instant to bring him toppling down.
Yet there remained so many good names that Chandos and Felton, to whom the selection had been referred, had many an earnest consultation, in which every feat of arms and failure or success of each candidate was weighed and balanced against the rival claims of his companions.
Income generation is another area they are exploring, but Mrs Redfern says it needs to be balanced against putting private firms at risk.
The war both strengthened and challenged union organizers as labor shortages were balanced against the increase in workforce diversity.
Launching straight into the hits, There Goes The Fear sets the mood for 15 tracks of indie-rock brilliance, with floor-filling anthems Black And White Town and Pounding balanced against slower epics such as Words.
But even sensible ideas about parenting, however grounded in reality they are, must be balanced against differences in the way people live today.
He cited slow progress in creating critical mass in both Italy and Spain, balanced against the greater potential of building Hills's online business.
SUGGESTIONS that Rio Ferdinand has taken his eye off the ball when it comes to the game which pays his wages may be true - but surely his loss of form is well worth it when balanced against his outstanding contributions to journalism.
Protection, conservation and adequate supply are the main goals, with decisions balanced against cost, sustainability and reliability.
But the authors of the paper caution that the risk needs to be balanced against the much larger overall benefit of statins in reducing the total risk of a second stroke and other cardiovascular events, in the study of 4,700 people.
50 per cent balance transfer fee would cost pounds 125 on pounds 5,000 - to be balanced against the benefit of cheap borrowing.
That's why the housing market forces creeping into Pacoima must be balanced against the needs for better transportation, better schools and better jobs.
While it does restrict freedom of movement, this must be balanced against the lives of victims of murder.
The ownership's predisposition for long term financing had to be balanced against a desire for a significant interest only period on a loan that was to be leveraged to $68 per square foot.