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English definition of “tip the scales”

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.
(Definition of tip the scales from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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