tip the scales


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tip the scale(s)

To upset 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 tip the scale in their favor. The immense interconnectivity of social media has tipped the scales of power somewhat back into the hands of the ordinary population.
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tip (or turn) the scales (or balance)

(of a circumstance or event) be the deciding factor; make the critical difference.
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tip the ˈbalance/ˈscales

(also swing the ˈbalance) be the reason that finally causes somebody to do something or something to happen in one way rather than another: They were both very good candidates for the job but she had more experience and that tipped the balance.
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tip the scales

1. To register weight (at a certain amount).
2. To offset the balance of a situation.
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However, when the team used another model, which they claim is less applicable, they found that the body could tip the scales at a weight up to 42 times that of Jupiter.
Due to long lines, this region was one of the last to weigh in to the state's total and tip the scales in the incumbent's favor.
If they read this article it may give them the confidence to tip the scales and make the wholesale changes the club desperately needs.
The cables will tip the scales at 166,500 tons--more than half the bridge's total mass.
The camera mixes it all into chaotic, flurried wastelands that tip the scales of reality and documentation and spill into fiction and fabrication.
You take your chances with weather in any case, of course, but you can help tip the scales in your favor.