tilt the scale(s)

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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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He said the former administration had unfairly tilted the scales in favor of one fuel source over another, meaning they shifted favor away from coal toward renewables and natural gas.
For the record, the costliest properties in Dubai's freehold clusters have been a couple of villas that have tilted the scales at well over Dh200 million.
Or, for that matter, what tilted the scales in favour of Gautam Adani of Adani Ports?
The fact that this beast was linked to the body of his 1984 victim via a DNA sample from his daughter - arrested last year for a relatively trivial incident - shows how scientific advances have tilted the scales back in favour of the law.
Ahamed's lawyers reckon the negative publicity surrounding the movie following the court injunction and an earlier XPRESS report on the issue could have tilted the scales against Pathemari.
Samarjitsinh apparently voted for Mathew ( south zone) and that vote decisively tilted the scales against Savant, who is from the west zone.
Because globalization and corporatist economic policies seem to have unfairly tilted the scales against lower skilled workers in developed countries, we sympathize with the growing political pressure to subsidize the creation of low-skill jobs, to improve the skills and wages of the less proficient, and provide a living wage to the working poor.
Carlsen tilted the scales in his favour with two consecutive wins in the fifth and sixth games of the 12-round world championship being played in Anand's home city of Chennai after the first four games were drawn.
The IMF's reassurance that Dubai's economy is recovering has also tilted the scales in the emirate's favour.
It has tilted the scales favourably towards property owners, given them stronger protection and vitally, given West Midlands Police enhanced powers to quickly deal with illegal squatters and accelerate what was always a frustratingly slow process.
The Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act, which came into force on September 1, has tilted the scales back in the favour of homeowners, landlords and second homeowners and has helped address the imbalance.
The district court's shift to pro-government presumption tilted the scales of justice.
Political observers said that the politically strategic tie-up between the BJP and HJC just before the by-poll tilted the scales in Bishnoi's favour while Team Anna's campaign against the Congress virtually decimated the chances of the ruling party nominee Jai Prakash who trailed at a distant third position.
His Hardwicke Stakes win tilted the scales back in his favour for me as I was at Ascot that day, and as he passed me in the cheap seats, I could not believe how easily he was travelling.
Obama's proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency might be empowered to reign in those financial predators, but it won't help with another problem that's just as bad: the 2005 bankruptcy law changes, which tilted the scales in favor of credit card companies by requiring many families in trouble to stay stuck in debt, making payments for years.