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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HOMEOWNERS in Wales could save over pounds 420 a year, or approximately pounds 9,130 off the term of their mortgage by using integrated banking services that allow them to ``offset'' their savings and current account balances against their mortgage.
Openplan from Barclays is an integrated banking service that enables customers to offset their current and savings account balances against their mortgage.
Term-limited legislators are hard put to offer the checks and balances against the governor and executive branch that constitute another basic feature of our democracy.
A discarded piece of bamboo shade, woven with bright yarn scraps, becomes a fragile loom; a bit of plastic netting balances against a stick.
Why, reasoned the elected commission, concentrate power with the mayor with no real checks and balances against abuse?
To soften the blow and at the same time encourage customers to do one-stop banking, the bank will allow customers to count Citibank credit-card and mortgage balances against their minimum balance, in addition to checking account balances.