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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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Speaking at another event earlier this week, former director of the AIT, Richard Bush suggested that the move to recall the envoys was a means of "tilting the scale in Taiwan's favor," implying that the U.S.
But, this very growth, TRI Consulting's Christopher Hewett says, has created a shortage of employee force as the supply of jobs is tilting the scale more than there are takers for it.
Could fulfilling the private coal operator's request be conceived as tilting the scale to favor certain political outcomes?
The Park Service is now factoring sustainability into the bidding process for food-service contracts, tilting the scale toward local and organic offerings.
Its inclusion, then as now, offset the symmetry between Tisbe and Clorinda, tilting the scale in the latter's favor.
A comfortable working position is achieved by tilting the scale, polarizer, and analyzer, Sodium and mercury light and filter sets allow the polarimeter to operate at 589 and 546 nm.
"Some may mischaracterize our proposals as tilting the scales of justice," she said, "but we believe they simply balance them.
A batsman may only have one chance to protect his wicket, but flat pitches, the bouncer rule, field restrictions and thicker and heavier bats are tilting the scales more in favour of the batsmen.
"However, credit union decision-makers need to be careful to avoid tilting the scales too much in the direction of online resources at the risk of leaving behind the fundamental services provided by branches," the study said.
Whether you're reed thin or tilting the scales, such treats should come in moderation while plotting a healthy menu should be a daily routine.
He wants to reduce the rights and liberties of ordinary Americans, and has a history of tilting the scales of justice against the little guy.
In GASP!, Sherman--whose nonfiction book on General Motors, In the Rings of Saturn, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize--blames the auto industry, weak government policies and America's obsession with cars as key factors tilting the scales of climate change towards disaster.