shift/tip/tilt the balance of power

Definition of shift/tip/tilt the balance of power

  1. :  to cause a state or situation in which one country or group (such as a political party) has more power than a competing one Their party's loss of two members shifted/tipped the balance of power in the legislature. The law tilts the balance of power towards corporations.

Word by Word Definitions

shiftplay
  1. :  to exchange for or replace by another :  change

    :  to change the place, position, or direction of :  move

    :  to make a change in (place)

  1. :  a means or device for effecting an end

    :  a deceitful or underhand scheme :  dodge

    :  an effort or expedient exerted or tried in difficult circumstances :  extremity

  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 (such 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 (something, such 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

tiltplay
  1. :  a canopy for a wagon, boat, or stall

  1. :  to cover or provide with a tilt

  1. :  a contest on horseback in which two combatants charging with lances or similar weapons try to unhorse each other :  joust

    :  a tournament of tilts

    :  dispute, contention

  1. :  to cause to have an inclination

    :  to point or thrust in or as if in a tilt

    :  to charge against

balanceplay
  1. :  an instrument for weighing: such as

    :  a beam that is supported freely in the center and has two pans of equal weight suspended from its ends

    :  a device that uses the elasticity of a spiral spring for measuring weight or force

  1. :  to compute the difference between the debits and credits of (an account)

    :  to pay the amount due on :  settle

    :  to arrange so that one set of elements exactly equals another

powerplay
  1. :  ability to act or produce an effect

    :  ability to get extra-base hits

    :  capacity for being acted upon or undergoing an effect

  1. :  to supply with power and especially motive power

    :  to give impetus to

    :  to move about by means of motive power

  1. :  operated mechanically or electrically rather than manually

    :  of, relating to, or utilizing strength

    :  powerful


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