swing the balance

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of swing the balance

: 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.

Word by Word Definitions

swing play
  1. : to cause to move vigorously through a wide arc or circle

  2. : to cause to sway to and fro

  3. : to cause to turn on an axis

  1. : an act or instance of swinging : swinging movement: such as

  2. : a stroke or blow delivered with a sweeping arm movement

  3. : a sweeping or rhythmic movement of the body or a bodily part

  1. : of or relating to musical swing

  2. : that may swing often decisively either way on an issue or in an election

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)


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