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.
See also: turn
References in classic literature ?
argument of such weight that it turns the scale of debate the wrong
However, my selection was giving his Nicky Henderson-trained opponent 10lb that afternoon, so the fact the pair reoppose at level weights own ip d n ird d turns the scales emphatically in Captain Chris' favour.
Simpson, 19, is a bricklayer who turns the scales at 105kgs and packs power.
The lightweight pump turns the scales at only 990 g which means that it is well-balanced and not top-heavy like conventional barrel pumps.