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tip the scale(s)

To upset 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 tip the scale in their favor. The immense interconnectivity of social media has tipped the scales of power somewhat back into the hands of the ordinary population.
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tip (or turn) the scales (or balance)

(of a circumstance or event) be the deciding factor; make the critical difference.
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tip the scales

1. To register weight (at a certain amount).
2. To offset the balance of a situation.
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tip/turn the scales, to

To change the balance slightly so as to favor one side. The idea was expressed as long ago as Aristotle’s Politics (ca. 340 b.c.), in which he wrote “The addition of the middle class turns the scale and prevents either of the extremes from being dominant” (Benjamin Jowett translation, ca. 1875). Jowett’s wording may have been influenced by William Wordsworth’s “Ode” (1815): “Thy presence turns the scale of doubtful fight, / Tremendous God of battles, Lord of Hosts!”
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She ceased on that note, and for a space I reflected on the character of the words which I perceived very well must tip the scale of the girl's feelings in that young man's favour.
Obviously the first won't tip the scale. Not even the second.
Regrettably, the BPOL tax often can tip the scale against choosing Virginia.
Sunderland did vote heavily for Leave in 2016 - but it didn't tip the scales. The vote may have been 52%-48%, but that 4% represented a million votes cast all over the country.
Fortune said Pacquiao will have no problem making weight for this fight that he can tip the scales with a Big Mac in his hand.
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The match turned when Brookies threw Andy Moran forward and his man-of-the-match contribution sparked a stirring revival that saw Luke Malin, Cory Williams and Joe Cadden tip the scales.
An annual town decorating contest involves two towns in competition until a strange arrives to tip the scales in a whimsical picture-book story.
However, when the team used another model, which they claim is less applicable, they found that the body could tip the scales at a weight up to 42 times that of Jupiter.
Due to long lines, this region was one of the last to weigh in to the state's total and tip the scales in the incumbent's favor.
Garry Lyon's Australians have won the last two series both in Dublin and Down Under, but former Down chief McGrath has shuffled the traditional deck in a bid to tip the scales.
If they read this article it may give them the confidence to tip the scales and make the wholesale changes the club desperately needs.
Parachuting in a million laptops, fun as it might be, especially if they come with solitaire, probably won't tip the scales against the mountain of disease, mayhem, and poverty.
"It's not just their length"--totaling 5.3 km (3.3 mi)--"but their weight." The cables will tip the scales at 166,500 tons--more than half the bridge's total mass.
You take your chances with weather in any case, of course, but you can help tip the scales in your favor.