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.
A discarded piece of bamboo shade, woven with bright yarn scraps, becomes a fragile loom; a bit of plastic netting balances against a stick.