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tilt the scale(s)

To change the balance of a situation, such that one side or element is favored or gains advantage. The two candidates are so close in the polls that both are vying for something that will tilt the scale in their favor. The immense interconnectivity of social media has tilted the scales of power somewhat back into the hands of the ordinary population.
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Two events, the Bannu incident in which 25 troops lost their lives and the target bombing of a bus in Mastung where twenty-two pilgrims returning from Iran perished, tilted the scale.
If I could have broken him (to lead 5- 2), things would have been different," Davydenko admitted, adding that he didn't lose the match because he played poor tennis but it was Gasquet's better physical strength which tilted the scale in favour of the French.
The other major difference between the two teams was a four-wicket haul for Adnan and three for Farooq of Nass that tilted the scale in their favour.
Though co-ops still represent the majority form of homeownership in the city, "over the last few years, with all the new developments that have been sold, it tilted the scale towards condos," Heym said.
There were numerous high-level meetings among franchise executives, members of Congress, and FASB officials, but it was a Wendy's franchisee from Colorado who tilted the scale in franchising's favor.
Says Mark Heeson, president of the National Venture Capital Association, "It has tilted the scale more towards being acquired because you don't have to pay as much to be acquired, you don't have to put up with the hassles of Sarbanes-Oxley as much.
He said the former administration had unfairly tilted the scales in favor of one fuel source over another, meaning they shifted favor away from coal toward renewables and natural gas.
For the record, the costliest properties in Dubai's freehold clusters have been a couple of villas that have tilted the scales at well over Dh200 million.
Or, for that matter, what tilted the scales in favour of Gautam Adani of Adani Ports?
The fact that this beast was linked to the body of his 1984 victim via a DNA sample from his daughter - arrested last year for a relatively trivial incident - shows how scientific advances have tilted the scales back in favour of the law.
Ahamed's lawyers reckon the negative publicity surrounding the movie following the court injunction and an earlier XPRESS report on the issue could have tilted the scales against Pathemari.
Samarjitsinh apparently voted for Mathew ( south zone) and that vote decisively tilted the scales against Savant, who is from the west zone.
Because globalization and corporatist economic policies seem to have unfairly tilted the scales against lower skilled workers in developed countries, we sympathize with the growing political pressure to subsidize the creation of low-skill jobs, to improve the skills and wages of the less proficient, and provide a living wage to the working poor.
Carlsen tilted the scales in his favour with two consecutive wins in the fifth and sixth games of the 12-round world championship being played in Anand's home city of Chennai after the first four games were drawn.
The IMF's reassurance that Dubai's economy is recovering has also tilted the scales in the emirate's favour.