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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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The champion steer was a home- bred 20-month-old Welsh Black turning the scales at 635kg from the winning novice breeder, Nia Davies of Maes y Gelli, Beulah and selling for 198p/kg to Dewi James, Cardigan.
Barry Greenall was just beaten with 12lb of tench and roach while one hefty tench turning the scales to 6lb 6oz was all Richie Nuffman needed to finish in third place.
I was a shy and gangly child, turning the scales at the onset of adolescence at about seven stone.
These giants, turning the scales at 80 pounds-plus, may be just the ones to surge past on the hill at Powerstown, but the open fields of Lincolnshire are another country.
Martin Allchurch of Brierley Hill caught nine rainbows weighing 36lb, and Ifor Williams of Hadley had an eight trout catch, with the largest turning the scales to 6lb 8oz.
Having just left the army, Monmouth angler Chris Skelton had time to pay his first visit to the Specimen Lake at White Springs and in 24 hours fishing he landed eight carp with the biggest turning the scales to 33lb 10oz.
In reserve was Messrs Davies of Meidrim with a Limousin steer turning the scales at 630kg.
CHRISTIAN WILLIAMS, 16 and turning the scales at about 8st 7lb, rode a Saturday treble to raise his first-season tally to seven-and go top of the national novice riders' table.
Paul Pritt baited with boilies in Swan Lake and caught 14 carp with the heaviest turning the scales to 18lb.
The anglers taking part in the Welsh Salmon and Trout Association third senior team trial at Llandegfedd Reservoir found the rainbow trout hard to pin down and Russell Owen, from Llanidloes, took maximum points with 13 turning the scales to 19lb 3oz.
FIVE cod caught at the ledges and turning the scales to 5lb 8oz put Colin Boagey in first place in the last Penarth SAC competition before the August break.
Paul Thomas fished through a chilly night on the Specimen Lake at White Springs and was rewarded with a catch of seven carp with the biggest turning the scales to 23lb.
Ian Wilkinson had a busy day at the fishery when he played in eight big carp with the biggest turning the scales to 22lb.
Josh Capelin, a 14-year-old from Pontypridd, used luncheon meat as bait and caught eight carp, with the biggest turning the scales to 16lb.
Dean Stevens had a sensational day when his boilie baits were taken by 20 carp with the biggest turning the scales to 25.