turn the scale(s)

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turn the scale(s)

To change 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 turn the scale in their favor. The immense interconnectivity of social media has turned the scales of power somewhat back into the hands of the ordinary population.
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Yet the man has a vote, can possibly turn the scale of an election, and may help to decide the policy of this empire.
If my husband could only send his testimonials by the same post--with just a word in your name, Miss--it might turn the scale, as they say.
A good cause might turn the scale with me, for may not I too be of an exceptional brain, congenitally?
There's not a more paltry fellow in Middlemarch than Bowyer," said Ladislaw, indignantly, "but it seems as if the paltry fellows were always to turn the scale.
The drive to Brixham paid off for Gwent and District SAC members as fish fed all along the beach and Zac Williams reeled in an assorted 79 to turn the scales to 12.
The competition between the three is set to be fierce and their performance in the upcoming pentangular tournament in Karachi may turn the scales in the favour of one or the other.