Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “swing the balance”

See all translations

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…
(Definition of swing the balance from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Word of the Day

hard luck story

a story or piece of information that someone tells you or writes about himself or herself, intended to make you feel feel sympathy for that person

Word of the Day

A certain je ne sais quoi: French words and phrases used in English

by Liz Walter,
January 21, 2015
It is an odd irony that the more sophisticated your use of English is, the more likely you are to use French words and phrases. Or, to be more accurate, ones you know to be French – words such as ballet, au pair, abattoir, fiancé, café, and restaurant are so entrenched in

Read More 

micro pig noun

January 26, 2015
an extremely small pig, bred to be a pet Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

Read More