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.
See also: tip

tip (or turn) the scales (or balance)

(of a circumstance or event) be the deciding factor; make the critical difference.
See also: Scales, tip

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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deKay noted, "While we are gratified by this success, at the same time, we are concerned that recent FCC actions allowing C-block companies to defer loan payments make it more difficult for NPCS companies to access capital, thereby tipping the scale in favor of broadband competitors.
Once a buyer's market, the housing rebound is tipping the scale toward sellers.
Alvis eased through their secondround tie at home to Southam United, Leon Kelly and former Coventry City striker Patrick Suffo tipping the scales for The Tankmen.
I've gone from tipping the scales a bowl of Scouse off 14 stone in February to a mere 12st 4lbs today - and I hope to get another two pounds off before the starter calls me to the line in Bangor on Saturday.
The record was soon broken when Wes caught his second fish, a common carp tipping the scales at 24lb 3oz.
Both girls wore what looked like burlap sacks, making it impossible to determine who's tipping the scales and who's not.
To Conroy's surprise, only 38 of 1,116 mammalian genera include any members tipping the scales in that range.
It's a fictionalized look at Alley's life as a has-been leading lady of TV and movie comedies who wants a little respect even though she's tipping the scales at 200-plus pounds.
Tipping the scales at 40 kg (88lb) at birth, Lukuni,named after a place in central Africa,can now be seen out and about on fine days with proud mother Ippy and father Kinta and is proving to be a big hit with the visitors.
And even pets - 40 percent of them, according to veterinarians - are tipping the scales on the dangerous side.
While there is no question the United States is tops as far as tipping the scales per capita worldwide, one must wonder - what price thinness?
Other documents also showed that the presence in Moscow of the Chinese Communist Party's vice chairmen, Liu Shaoqi, was vital in tipping the scales toward suppressing the revolt.
The book was inspired by Heller's daughter Emily, who was born three months premature, tipping the scales at a mere 2 pounds and measuring no bigger than her father's hand.
After two days of tuna fishing, Rothery said his party had 30 over 100 pounds and three over 200 pounds, with the biggest tipping the scales at a hefty 275 pounds.