tip the scale(s)


tip the scale(s)
idi tip the scale(s)
a) to weigh, esp. a large amount
b) to be or become the crucial deciding factor

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • tip the scale — throw something off balance …   English contemporary dictionary

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  • tip the balance — ► tip (or turn) the scales (or balance) be the deciding factor; make the critical difference. Main Entry: ↑scale …   English terms dictionary

  • tip the scales — ► tip (or turn) the scales (or balance) be the deciding factor; make the critical difference. Main Entry: ↑scale …   English terms dictionary

  • turn the scale — tip the scales, give one side an advantage …   English contemporary dictionary

  • To turn the scale — Turn Turn (t[^u]rn), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Turned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Turning}.] [OE. turnen, tournen, OF. tourner, torner, turner, F. tourner, LL. tornare, fr. L. tornare to turn in a lathe, to rounds off, fr. tornus a lathe, Gr. ? a turner s… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scale — I. /skeɪl / (say skayl) noun 1. one of the thin, flat, horny or hard plates that form the covering of certain animals, as fishes. 2. any thin plate like piece, lamina, or flake such as peels off from a surface. 3. Botany a. a small rudimentary… …   Australian English dictionary


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