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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 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.