swing the balance

idiom

: to change a situation so that one person, group, etc., is more able or likely to succeed than another
Both candidates are qualified, but her experience could swing the balance in her favor.

Examples of swing the balance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But there are still a number of starters whose decisions could swing the balance of power in the league. Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA TODAY, 14 Feb. 2024 And now, decades later, the GOP has pinned its hopes on the raw candidate in a pivotal race that could swing the balance of power in the Senate. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, 5 Nov. 2022 His principles are more aligned with Republican centrists, his West Virginia constituents would likely support the switch and, most important, his voting as a Republican would swing the balance of power in the Senate. WSJ, 18 Oct. 2021 Then, in a January runoff election, Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff unseated a pair of GOP incumbents in Georgia to effectively swing the balance of power in the U.S. Senate. Paul Newberry, ajc, 7 Apr. 2021 Then, in a January runoff election, Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff unseated two GOP incumbents in Georgia to effectively swing the balance of power in the U.S. Senate. Paul Newberry, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Apr. 2021 President Biden in February announced plans to nominate two Democrats and a voting rights advocate to the nine-member board, a move that would swing the balance of power of the mail service’s leadership sharply to the left. Washington Post, 11 Mar. 2021 Whoever wins the 2020 election likely will select new justices, which could swing the balance of the nation's highest court. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, 29 June 2020

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“Swing the balance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swing%20the%20balance. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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