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swing the balance

To be the factor or provide the element that makes something happen or leads to success. We're hoping that the addition of new outdoor seating helps to swing the balance for the restaurant. A lot of the entries were very similar, so I'm hoping that the uniqueness of mine swings the balance in my favor.
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He lost out to Labour by seven votes - with support for UKIP swinging the balance.
Mikati has already secured the crucial backing of Druze leader Walid Jumblatt, swinging the balance of power in his favour.
Is positive discrimination swinging the balance the other way?
Macpherson landed a second kick and then skipper Shaun Woof broke through the home cover for a try, with the Macpherson conversion swinging the balance their way for a 13-11 advantage at the halfway stage.
The influential physician Sir William Osier summarized the problem aptly in 1892: "If it were not for the great variability among individuals, medicine might as well be a science and not an art." By solving much of the riddle of variability, pharmacogenomics may contribute to swinging the balance of medicine much further toward science.
Following the American War of Independence, United Empire Loyalists amalgamated with the already settled Protestant factions, swinging the balance away from any Catholic majority.