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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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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.
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.
The mako shark was so huge - eventually tilting the scales at a pending state-record 582 pounds - it was slowing the private vessel Great White Hunter to a grinding 5 knots per hour.
The likes of Dufit and others are intent on tilting the scales to more favourable points.
Finishing second were Jay Moreau and Mark Brown of Anaheim, with a limit tilting the scales at 17.