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English definition of “tip the scales”

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tip the scales

( also tip the balance)
If something tips the scales, 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: The teams were evenly matched until two quick goals from Robson tipped the balance in favour of England. She was a good candidate, but her lack of computer skills tipped the scales against her.
Translations of “tip the scales”
in Chinese (Traditional) 打破平衡局面, 起決定性作用…
in Chinese (Simplified) 打破平衡局面, 起决定性作用…
(Definition of tip the scales from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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