tip the balance


: 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 balance in her favor.

Examples of tip the balance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Russia joined Syria’s conflict in September 2015 and has since helped tip the balance of power in favor of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces. Bassem Mroue, BostonGlobe.com, 8 July 2023 Prigozhin may have planned the operation as a means to get Putin’s attention and to tip the balance of behind-the-scenes power and influence back in his favor. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, 24 June 2023 So the focus will be on two Democrats who could tip the balance one way or the other: Senators David P. Tikoian of Smithfield and John P. Burke of West Warwick. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 9 May 2023 Don’t tip the balance over to standardization; ensure there’s equal improvement in ease of execution, and remember that just making something easier and faster may not move the needle in terms of the impact the process has on the business. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 5 May 2023 Baker’s intriguing historical novel explores how the strain of wartime living can tip the balance between sanity and delusion, and how forging friendships can be a lifeline. Becky Meloan, Washington Post, 1 May 2023 Does that finally tip the balance to him from Michael Jordan as the sport's GOAT? Mitchell Thorson, USA Today, 16 Feb. 2023 This show takes that delicate balance on board with the understanding that childhood is the foundation on which all society is built, and the need to tip the balance in the right direction. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 16 Feb. 2023 As the war approaches its fourth month, Western nations have substantially increased their aid to Ukraine, an effort to tip the balance as the conflict grows more protracted and costly. New York Times, 22 May 2022 See More

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“Tip the balance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tip%20the%20balance. Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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