tip the scales at

Definition of tip the scales at

:to have (a specified weight)
  • He tips the scales at 285 pounds.

Word by Word Definitions

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

scale play scales
  1. : either pan or tray of a balance

  2. : a beam that is supported freely in the center and has two pans of equal weight suspended from its ends

  3. : an instrument or machine for weighing

  1. : to weigh in scales

  2. : to have a specified weight on scales

  1. : a small, flattened, rigid, and definitely circumscribed plate forming part of the external body covering especially of a fish

  2. : a small thin plate suggesting a fish scale

  3. : the scaly covering of a scaled animal

  1. : to remove the scale or scales from (as by scraping)

  2. : to take off in thin layers or scales

  3. : to throw (something, such as a thin, flat stone) so that the edge cuts the air or so that it skips on water : skim

  1. : to attack with or take by means of scaling ladders

  2. : to climb up or reach by means of a ladder

  3. : to reach the highest point of : surmount

  1. : ladder

  2. : a means of ascent

  3. : a graduated series of musical tones ascending or descending in order of pitch according to a specified scheme of their intervals

  1. : escalade

  2. : an estimate of the amount of sound lumber in logs or standing timber


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up tip the scales at? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

pleasing or sweet sound

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!