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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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.
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.
The Spartan-3 platform seriously tips the scale towards the FPGA side with the first-ever combination of high-density, low price and programmability, all in one package.
This tips the scale in favor of banks and other traditional financial institutions.
The Summer 2000 Catalog (which contains 1,344 pages and tips the scale at 5 pounds) provides thousands of cabling and computer networking solutions for businesses of all sizes.
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.
Unlike last time, there won't be a fight if Castillo again tips the scales too heavily.
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.
Smith & Wesson's eight-shot Model 317 AirLite revolver tips the scales at just 10 ozs.
Costonis added, "What really tips the scales in favor of RMD across the board is the amount of built in advertising revenue that comes with each and every one of these deals.
But her decision to have the characters speak almost entirely in iambic pentameter tips the scales even further, creating a movie that drowns in the shallow pool of its own self-importance.
Summary: David Haye is undeterred as opponent Vladimir Klitschko tips the scales in a weigh-in ahead of a fight for the world heavyweight title.
Her son weighs 124 pounds, but he lugs around a pack that tips the scales at 25 to 30 pounds - enough to cause low back pain and muscle spasms, Temple-Hoon said, especially for teens who carry their hefty load too low or over one shoulder.