tip the balance


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Encyclopedia.
Related to tip the balance: Off the Top of My Head, off-chance, defer to, in its entirety, pick up on, come to fruition

tip the balance

to cause a change, esp. in making something more likely to happen tip the scales One or two senators can tip the balance of power on almost any issue.
See also: balance, tip

tip the balance

Also, tip the scales; turn the scale. Offset the balance and thereby favor one side or precipitate an action. For example, He felt that affirmative action had tipped the balance slightly in favor of minority groups , or New high-tech weapons definitely tipped the scales in the Gulf War, or Just one more mistake will turn the scale against them. Shakespeare used turn the scale literally in Measure for Measure (4:2): "You weigh equally; a feather will turn the scale." The idioms with tip are much younger, dating from the first half of the 1900s.
See also: balance, tip
References in periodicals archive ?
Sarah Boad, leader of the district's Liberal Democrats councillor, said: "We are hoping to tip the balance of power our way in the election, but we do feel the district council has worked well over the past four years with no overall control by one party.
He then punched home Inglis Drever to take the Ladbrokes World Hurdle on Thursday and his placed rides on Akilak and Bambi De L'Orme were enough to tip the balance in his favour over Robert Thornton, who also rode the three winners - Kelami, Penzance and Moulin Riche.
Dave Beattie's solid strike was enough to tip the balance against a resilient Black Horse who played their part in an entertaining tussle.
That reason is the health and apparent return to dominance of Pedro Martinez, who could tip the balance of Boston's opening-round series against Oakland toward the Red Sox.
A former eventer with Ian Stark, jumping is his strong point and that may just tip the balance in his favour in this modest maiden chase.
Manatee-conscious management efforts like those in Crystal River and Blue Spring have paid off, he says, "but these numbers show that it's very easy to tip the balance in a negative way.
Queens coach Andy McGlennan, who takes his side to Dingwall, reckons the supporters could tip the balance in their favour.
One month's data is not expected to be enough to tip the balance at this point.
The vote could tip the balance of power in the knife-edge council.
WALES legend Rob Howley believes the superior team ethic of Mike Ruddock's side will tip the balance against England as they kick off their Six Nations Championship campaigns tomorrow.
Keith Cooper,project manager at the Environment Agency, said:``It's time to tip the balance on fly-tipping.
Having already successfully elected challengers Jon Lauritzen and Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte to the school board in March, UTLA is poised to tip the balance of power further in its favor if Tokofsky wins the runoff.
But I understand that Gers defender Bjorklund has been raving about Rangers to the Swedish skipper - and that could tip the balance in favour of the Ibrox club.
That difference," Morris says, "might tip the balance between a plant population that's viable over the long term or [one that's] declining.
His side came very close at home to Castleford Tigers last weekend (they eventually lost 34-22 after leading 16-12 at half-time), and he is hoping that playing on such a big stage against the Giants on Sunday will tip the balance his side's way.