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English definition of “tilt the balance/scales”

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tilt the balance/scales

( also tip the balance/scales)
If something tilts the balance, it is the thing that causes a particular situation to happen or a particular decision to be made when other situations or decisions are possible: This might just tilt the balance in the government's favour.
Translations of “tilt the balance/scales”
in Chinese (Traditional) 打破平衡/使天平傾斜, 起決定性作用…
in Chinese (Simplified) 打破平衡/使天平倾斜, 起决定性作用…
(Definition of tilt the balance/scales from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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