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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In an emotional pitch on the latest episode of Dragon's Den, Teessider Sarah Agar-Brennan felt the fiery comments of Deborah Meadon, but turned the scales in her favour by slaying two new Dragons.
Second Division Cardiff gave Wolves a stern test, but Adam Proudlock finally turned the scales for Wolves and manager Dave Jones, scoring an 83rd-minute winner four minutes after replacing Blake.
A few months later, she turned the scales by winning the Miss Nigeria crown.
Adam Toomey, from Merthyr, was the best of the Aberglais AC members who fished at Redhill Fishery when his catch of carp from fancied peg 19 on Sophie's Pond turned the scales to 143lb 13oz.
However, Stainton's inform Andy Rowe's perseverance on the feeder paid off, as he landed a bream from peg 21 in the dying minutes which, together with two small skimmers caught much earlier in the match, turned the scales to 4lb-1oz, pushing Mike into second place.
His son Seamus landed one of 17lb, before 13-year-old James reeled in one that was 60 inches long and turned the scales to the 54lb mark.