tip the scale(s)

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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.
See also: Scales, tip
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Bullish comments from trainer Joe Janiak, who reckoned his pride and joy will come on for his gutsy, record-breaking win in the KrisFlyer Sprint, were put into context by regular jockey Jay Ford, who revealed that Takeover Target tipped the scale at 525 kilos in Singapore, whereas his normal, optimum racing weight is 510-515 kilos.
Castorocauda probably tipped the scale at around 800 grams, at least 10 times the weight of its known mammalian contemporaries.
Brachiosaurus, a moderate-size sauropod, grew to a length of 23 m and tipped the scale at around 50 tons, says Martin Sander of the University of Bonn in Germany.
But, according to company officials, it was Northeast Ohio's cultural offerings that may have tipped the scale for this region over others.
Another factor that tipped the scale in TTI Telecom's favor was the solution's scalable architecture, which will enable us to easily incorporate and deploy new equipment and grow our customer base without having to add a new management system.
Still, knowing that rapid, competent tech support is available from JVC tipped the scale in his purchasing decisions.
We're potentially on the crest of a wave with myself and Lee, who is going to be challenging for a world title soon," said former WBO light-heavy king Cleverly, who tipped the scales at 14st 2lbs 5ozs yesterday - 3lbs heavier than his Trinidadian opponent Shaun Corbin.
Adamu, who tipped the scales at 11st 12lbs, was offered the chance to come in over weight as well once it was decided Fielding was going to be too heavy.
Fifi tipped the scales at more than 10kg before her owner put her on a diet and she shed 2kg - 22per cent of her weight - leading to her being commended by the PDSA's pet fit club.
David Haye remains undeterred after his opponent tipped the scales in a weigh-in ahead of the battle for the world heavyweight reunification title.
Tiny Tim, an Egyptian tortoise, tipped the scales at just 6g when he hatched a month ago.
The eight-year-old Charolais tipped the scales at 3,682lbs - 300lbs more than a year ago.
A 4,842-SF home in west Little Rock's Hickory Creek neighborhood tipped the scales at $1.
The 35-year-old from Colchester, Essex, tipped the scales at more than 44 stone until he was forced to take drastic action.