tip the balance

idiom

: 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 Delaying certification could swing a close election in which a single state’s electoral votes tip the balance. Colby Itkowitz, Washington Post, 26 June 2024 The results of these congressional races can tip the balance of power on Capitol Hill, while the outcome of the gubernatorial election will strongly influence the political direction of each state. Maya Homan, USA TODAY, 30 May 2024 Removing the Taxpayer Protection and Government Accountability Act from the November ballot is a top priority of labor unions and Democrats, who are afraid voters will support the proposal and tip the balance of power in Sacramento. Taryn Luna, Los Angeles Times, 11 June 2024 China’s ideological push could tip the balance away from democracy in such smaller Asian nations. Michael Green, Foreign Affairs, 23 Jan. 2024 The outcome could tip the balance of power in the nearly evenly split U.S. Senate. Baltimore Sun Editorial Board, Baltimore Sun, 18 Apr. 2024 Washington — The winner of Maryland's Democratic Senate primary Tuesday is likely to face former Republican Gov. Larry Hogan for the open seat in a race that could tip the balance of power in the Senate. Kaia Hubbard, CBS News, 14 May 2024 The battle between business and labor is headed for a high-stakes showdown at the California Supreme Court this week over a ballot measure that would tip the balance of power at the state Capitol. Taryn Luna, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2024 Legal representation, however, can tip the balance. Mya Frazier, Harper's Magazine, 26 Feb. 2024

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“Tip the balance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tip%20the%20balance. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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