tip the scales

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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 ˈbalance/ˈscales

(also swing the ˈbalance) be the reason that finally causes somebody to do something or something to happen in one way rather than another: They were both very good candidates for the job but she had more experience and that tipped the balance.
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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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And if they didn't, would their votes in Congress tip the scales against the South, putting it under the North's domination?
Drug therapy is a balance, and it can be very easy to tip the scales in the wrong direction.
It's the baking powder that causes many to tip the scales at more than 600 milligrams per serving.
Approximately three hours before the weigh-in, Toney said he expected to tip the scales at around 224 pounds.
The camera mixes it all into chaotic, flurried wastelands that tip the scales of reality and documentation and spill into fiction and fabrication.