shift/tip/tilt the balance of power

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of shift/tip/tilt the balance of power

: 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

shift play
  1. : to exchange for or replace by another : change

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

  3. : to make a change in (place)

  1. : a means or device for effecting an end

  2. : a deceitful or underhand scheme : dodge

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

tip play
  1. : overturn, upset

  2. : cant, tilt

  3. : to raise and tilt forward in salute

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

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

  1. : the usually pointed end of something

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

  1. : to furnish with a tip

  2. : to cover or adorn the tip of

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

  1. : to strike lightly : tap

  2. : to give (something, such as a baseball) a glancing blow

  3. : tiptoe

  1. : a light touch or blow

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

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

  1. : to impart a piece of information or advice about or to

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

  1. : to give a gratuity to

  2. : give, present

  3. : to bestow a gratuity

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

tilt play
  1. : to cause to have an inclination

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

  3. : to charge against

  1. : the act of tilting : the state or position of being tilted

  2. : a sloping surface

  3. : slant, bias

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

  1. : to cover or provide with a tilt

balance play
  1. : physical equilibrium

  2. : the ability to retain one's balance

  3. : stability produced by even distribution of weight on each side of the vertical axis

  1. : to poise or arrange in or as if in balance

  2. : to bring into harmony or proportion

  3. : to bring to a state or position of balance (see 1balance 2)

power play
  1. : ability to act or produce an effect

  2. : ability to get extra-base hits

  3. : capacity for being acted upon or undergoing an effect

  1. : to supply with power and especially motive power

  2. : to give impetus to

  3. : to move about by means of motive power

  1. : operated mechanically or electrically rather than manually

  2. : of, relating to, or utilizing strength

  3. : of, relating to, or being a meal at which influential people discuss business or politics


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