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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His being a bachelor was in his favour, and would perhaps have been enough to turn the scale, even if Mr.
This was the last drachm required to turn the scale of her indecision.
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."