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swing the balance

If something swings the balance, it is the thing that causes a particular situation to happen or a particular decision to be made instead of other situations or decisions that are possible: This latest election promise might just swing the balance in the government's favour.
Translations of “swing the balance”
in Chinese (Traditional) 使天平發生傾斜,具決定性作用…
in Chinese (Simplified) 使天平发生倾斜,起决定性作用…
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