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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It tilts the scales to support a business decision that Baptist made.
As export market shares, India and Turkey are approximately equally important, but the key factor that tilts the scales in favor of Turkey is the greater certainty and stability that characterizes its relations with Pakistan.
What tilts the scales in her favour at Roland Garros is that Sharapova has reached at least the semi-finals in the last four years and the final in the last three -- something that has not been achieved since Justine Henin won three titles in a row between 2005 and 2007.
William Haggas' three-year-old tackles older horses for the first time, but the 7lb he receives tilts the scales very much in his favour.
An 8lb weight allowance tilts the scales in favour of four-year-old PITTER PATTER in the bumper (3.
I made two empirical observations relevant to the conclusion of some that "science tilts the scales toward atheism": first, that "many (most?
The sweeping changes - which come into force before Christmas - are in a package of legal reforms approved by MSPs which tilts the scales of justice more in favour of the victim than the accused.
The novice Good Shuil could prove to be the biggest danger but Zayta's experience tilts the scales in her favour.
A judgment so large that it cannot be bonded tilts the scales of justice and can force companies to settle cases even if they believe the facts and the law will result in the reversal of a verdict after review by an appellate court," Ohlemeyer said.
And the multi-purpose nature of the Shaikh Hamdan Sports Complex definitely tilts the scales in our favour.
Higher average closing costs and fewer days on the market also point to a robust market and one that tilts the scales in the seller's favor.