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.
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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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.
To Conroy's surprise, only 38 of 1,116 mammalian genera include any members tipping the scales in that range.
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.