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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Nevertheless, the new study "tips the scale back toward uncertainty" about saw palmetto, he says.--N.S.
The match-up of ethnic female organizers and ethnic employees makes a difference in elections where a handful of ethnic votes often tips the scale in favor of the union.
White estimates a steel body-in-white would weigh 480 kg, while the painted alloy X350 structure tips the scale at a svelte 295 kg.
Each piece of information about a particular situation (resident age, drug type, dose and duration, indications for use, adverse effects, monitoring) becomes a factor that tips the scale in one or the other direction with respect to OBRA guidelines.
Summary: David Haye is undeterred as opponent Wladimir Klitschko tips the scales in a weigh-in ahead of a fight for the world heavyweight title.
Two years on, she is beautiful, bubbly, confident and happy - and tips the scales at just over 12st.
Their large heart mug is a deadringer for the Bridgewater design and tips the scales at just pounds 2.99 (01706 862 789, www.woolworths.co.uk).
For Acura, which has had a longstanding identity crisis as to whether it should be a luxury or performance marque, SH-AWD clearly tips the scales toward performance.
Fields, who tips the scales at 10 ounces, 1,070 calories, 48 grams of fat (28 of them saturated), and 18 teaspoons of sugar.
This baby Pygmy Leaf Chameleon is 3cm long and tips the scales at 3g.
A variety of species of fish are taken, including a big-head carp that tips the scales at over 40 pounds and a long-nose gar that just misses the Nebraska state record!
And that was a real act of motherly love - Mashavu, who weighed 80lbs at birth, now tips the scales at a bone-crunching 68 stones.
Smith & Wesson's eight-shot Model 317 AirLite revolver tips the scales at just 10 ozs.
Carroll, 20, stands 6 feet 2 inches, tips the scales at just over 11 stone and has already earned one full cap.
Sticking to major-league regulations, Rawlings workers weigh the balls, making sure each tips the scales at 5 to 5.25 ounces.