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hold the balance of power

to be able to support either opposing side in a competition, etc. and therefore be able to decide who will win: If independents do end up holding the balance of power, then they decide whether Labor or the Liberals govern for the next four years.
Translations of “hold the balance of power”
in Chinese (Traditional) 舉足輕重,掌握決定權…
in Chinese (Simplified) 举足轻重,掌握决定权…
(Definition of hold the balance of power from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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