tip the balance

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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 classic literature ?
If my husband could only send his testimonials by the same post--with just a word in your name, Miss--it might turn the scale, as they say.
Today I turn the scale at ten stone and am afraid to be alone in the dark.
They are both coming back super fit and that could turn the scale.
They advise to turn the scale off before doing this and then go through the warmup and calibrate procedure before using it again.
In order to turn the scale, domestic manufacturers have expanded their exports since 2005.
Even the small amount generated by the solid state electronic circuitry matters, and when you turn the scale on you need to wait awhile -- as much as 30 minutes -- for it to reach equilibrium and stop showing drift.
The drive to Brixham paid off for Gwent and District SAC members as fish fed all along the beach and Zac Williams reeled in an assorted 79 to turn the scales to 12.
The competition between the three is set to be fierce and their performance in the upcoming pentangular tournament in Karachi may turn the scales in the favour of one or the other.
Marketing director for the firm Tim Mason said: "It's time to turn the scales in favour of the British customer.
5lb and Eric Davey saw his six rainbows turn the scales to 16.
All three of the trout that fell for Paul Griffiths's gold head flies weighed more than 4lb; Mike Roberts saw his three rainbows turn the scales to 15lb and Dave John went away with a four fish 14lb bag.
5lb were taken by Bill Edwards and Tony Roderick and Steve Musto saw his three rainbows turn the scales to almost 7lb.
5lb; Tony Roderick saw his two turn the scales to 4lb 14oz; Robin Fehler and Paul Jones managed braces weighing 4.
Gwent and District SAC held a roving competition and the winner was one of the younger members, Ricky Ash, who caught four dogfish and two rockling to turn the scales to 3.
Phil Lavelle saw his four fish turn the scales to 11.