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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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I would heartily support any initiative that swings the balance back to the older horses and keeps the best of them in training.
The Fugue was impressive that day but stepping back up to a mile and a half this time possibly just swings the balance in favour of Was.
The Fugue was impressive that day, but stepping back up to a mile and a half this time possibly just swings the balance in favour of Was.
His suspension dramatically swings the balance of power at the Council House in favour of the opposition, who in coalition have 27 councillors to the Tories' 26.
Lack of jumping experience is a handicap in maiden hurdles but John Kiely has booked Paul Carberry for Kyber Pass in the Fleming Construction Maiden Hurdle, which swings the balance in the seven-year-old's favour.
However, the trap draw swings the balance in favour of Leeview Jet, who can win from Deerfield Music and Razldazl Rioga.
Caroline Hutchinson is another superb lady rider and her mount Austocon is weighted to reverse Thurles placings with my selection but it is that 7lb claim that really swings the balance.
However, Hee Haws Barney is the greyhound with the draw and it could be that which swings the balance his way as he, as the sole (middle) seed, should be happy enough in six and be given the chance to show his ability whereas there have to be doubts on that score when it comes to his middle-berthed main dangers.
But Timmy Murphy has opted for American Duchess rather than stable companion Its Echoes Sister (my first choice) so the Geraghty booking swings the balance.
The pitches in cider country have been full of runs this summer, which swings the balance in favour of selling Somerset's win index at 9.
What swings the balance is that Ruby Walsh's mount is 9lb better - Barrow Drive has a 6lb penalty and his rider cannot claim his 3lb allowance.