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tilt the scale(s)

To change the balance of a situation, such that one side or element is favored or gains advantage. The two candidates are so close in the polls that both are vying for something that will tilt the scale in their favor. The immense interconnectivity of social media has tilted the scales of power somewhat back into the hands of the ordinary population.
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The key factors that tilted the scale in its favour included: user-friendly design, extensive coverage of HR processes, capability to ensure seamless integration with existing enterprise applications, and simplification of steps required for adopting ever changing legal and tax policies.
There were 30,000 fewer head on US dairies compared with October 2017, but ever-improving production per cow tilted the scale. Twelve of the 23 reporting states - including Wisconsin, the second largest milk-producing state - saw declines in milk production year over year.
Two events, the Bannu incident in which 25 troops lost their lives and the target bombing of a bus in Mastung where twenty-two pilgrims returning from Iran perished, tilted the scale.
If I could have broken him (to lead 5- 2), things would have been different," Davydenko admitted, adding that he didn't lose the match because he played poor tennis but it was Gasquet's better physical strength which tilted the scale in favour of the French.
The other major difference between the two teams was a four-wicket haul for Adnan and three for Farooq of Nass that tilted the scale in their favour.
Though co-ops still represent the majority form of homeownership in the city, "over the last few years, with all the new developments that have been sold, it tilted the scale towards condos," Heym said.
There were numerous high-level meetings among franchise executives, members of Congress, and FASB officials, but it was a Wendy's franchisee from Colorado who tilted the scale in franchising's favor.
Says Mark Heeson, president of the National Venture Capital Association, "It has tilted the scale more towards being acquired because you don't have to pay as much to be acquired, you don't have to put up with the hassles of Sarbanes-Oxley as much.
However, there was another incident earlier in the game, when India were batting, which could have tilted the scales in Australia's way, but that was not taken and the match continued in the same path.
Kapaito tilted the scales in the 60th minute when he nodded home a long cross from Geoffrey Shiveka, thereby recording a second goal in three days for the sea animals.
Pakistan Air Force's swift riposte to the Balakot misadventure the day before, was a much-needed reality check that dissipated premature Indian media euphoria.Undoubtedly, Imran Khan's announcement of repatriation of the captured pilot tilted the scales against Mars, against the god of war, as Indian public opinion had widely come to regard the downed airman as a national hero and his release was a good omen that cooled media-heated tempers.
"I remember in the Jazzlines summer school of 2015 I was undecided between the classical saxophone and the jazz saxophone and it was one conversation with Percy Pursglove on that summer school which tilted the scales. When Percy tells you to do the jazz course, you do the jazz course - and my music and my life would probably be totally different if I'd chosen the classical.
"Our pens and typewriters are helpless against guns and bullets that have tilted the scales of justice alarmingly in favor of impunity and lawlessness, all in arrant disregard of the sanctity of human life," he lamented.
IBP president Abdiel Fajardo says lawyers "are now enveloped in fear as they seek to provide access to justice to their clients." Fajardo adds "our pens and typewriters are helpless against guns and bullets that have tilted the scales of justice.
Omar [al Qartoubi] is equally good but what tilted the scales in favour of Mohammed is his strong show in light wind conditions that we are likely to have in Argentina.'