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tip the scales

Definition of tip the scales

  1. :  to change a situation so that one person, group, etc., is more able or likely to succeed :  to give an advantage to someone or something <Both candidates are qualified, but her experience tips the scales in her favor.>



Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  overturn, upset

    :  cant, tilt

    :  to raise and tilt forward in salute

  1. :  the act or an instance of tipping :  tilt

    :  a place for depositing something (as rubbish) by dumping

  1. :  to furnish with a tip

    :  to cover or adorn the tip of

    :  to blend (furs) for improved appearance by brushing the tips of the hair with dye

  1. :  the usually pointed end of something

    :  a small piece or part serving as an end, cap, or point

  1. :  a light touch or blow

  1. :  to strike lightly :  tap

    :  to give (as a baseball) a glancing blow

    :  tiptoe

  1. :  a piece of advice or expert or authoritative information

    :  a piece of advance or confidential information given by one thought to have access to special or inside sources

  1. :  to mention as a likely candidate, prospective winner, or profitable investment :  tout

  1. :  give, present

    :  to give a gratuity to

    :  to bestow a gratuity

  1. :  a gift or a sum of money tendered for a service performed or anticipated :  gratuity

scaleplay scales
  1. :  either pan or tray of a balance

    :  an instrument or machine for weighing

  1. :  to weigh in scales

    :  to have a specified weight on scales

  1. :  a small, flattened, rigid, and definitely circumscribed plate forming part of the external body covering especially of a fish

    :  a small thin plate suggesting a fish scale

    :  the scaly covering of a scaled animal

  1. :  to remove the scale or scales from (as by scraping)

    :  to take off in thin layers or scales

    :  to throw (as a thin flat stone) so that the edge cuts the air or so that it skips on water :  skim

  1. :  to attack with or take by means of scaling ladders

    :  to climb up or reach by means of a ladder

    :  to reach the highest point of :  surmount

  1. :  ladder

    :  a means of ascent

    :  a graduated series of musical tones ascending or descending in order of pitch according to a specified scheme of their intervals

  1. :  escalade

    :  an estimate of the amount of sound lumber in logs or standing timber


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