tip the scales at

idiom

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

Examples of tip the scales at in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Elephant seals can tip the scales at more than 8,000 pounds and don’t look particularly nimble on the beach. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Jan. 2024 Tyrannosaurids are best known as massive, fearsome predators like Tyrannosaurus rex, which could tip the scales at close to eight tons and grow to 40 feet in length. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Dec. 2023 Christened Laniakea, the 86-foot model is expected to tip the scales at just 49.5 tons with a full load. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 18 Dec. 2023 Some of the heavy hitters will tip the scales at 6 pounds, 10 ounces, and magazine capacity in those guns is reduced from four rounds to three. Mike Dickerson, Field & Stream, 19 July 2023 In contrast, a really large buck mule deer will tip the scales at 450 pounds and stand a tad over 3 feet at the shoulder. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, 28 Sep. 2023 And, lastly, the average adult polar bears tip the scales at around 1,500 pounds, which is whole lot of bear. Hampton Bourne, Field & Stream, 19 Oct. 2023 For perspective, a pair of Hoka Anacapa Mid GTX hiking boots weigh 1.75 pounds, while Hoka’s Challenger 7 GTX trail runners tip the scales at just 1 pound. Matt Crisara, Popular Mechanics, 2 June 2023 When fully laden, the massive truck and its payload will tip the scales at 510 metric tons (1.1 million lbs). Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 6 May 2022

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“Tip the scales at.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tip%20the%20scales%20at. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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