tip the scales

tip the scales
1. to make something more or less likely to happen, or to make someone more or less likely to succeed.

Recent environmental disasters have tipped the scales against oil producers.

(often + against)

The sudden economic growth in the area should tip the scales in favour of new investment.

2. to weigh a certain amount.

He tips the scales at just over 250 pounds.

(usually + at)

New idioms dictionary. 2014.

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  • tip the scales at — (something) to be measured as being a particular weight. He s added more muscle to his frame, and now tips the scales at 268 pounds …   New idioms dictionary

  • tip the scales — phrasal or tip the scale 1. : to register weight on a scale or balance tips the scales at 210 pounds Current Biography 2. : to shift the balance of fortune, influence, or power a blind world in which building and destroying successively …   Useful english dictionary

  • tip the scales — change or influence a decision, the upper hand    If you speak two languages, it could tip the scales in your favor when you apply for a job …   English idioms

  • tip the scales at 12 stone — tip the scales at 12 stone/200 pounds etc/informal phrase to weigh a particular amount The defending champion tips the scales at 18 stone 6. Thesaurus: weight and describing weighthyponym general words for heavy thingssynonym …   Useful english dictionary

  • tip the scales at 200 pounds — tip the scales at 12 stone/200 pounds etc/informal phrase to weigh a particular amount The defending champion tips the scales at 18 stone 6. Thesaurus: weight and describing weighthyponym general words for heavy thingssynonym …   Useful english dictionary

  • tip the scales at something — tip the scales at (something) to be measured as being a particular weight. He s added more muscle to his frame, and now tips the scales at 268 pounds …   New idioms dictionary

  • tip the scales at something — tip the scales at sth idiom to weigh a particular amount • He tipped the scales at just over 80 kilos. Main entry: ↑tipidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • tip the scales — ► tip (or turn) the scales (or balance) be the deciding factor; make the critical difference. Main Entry: ↑scale …   English terms dictionary

  • tip the scales — {v. phr.}, {informal} 1. To weigh. * /Martin tips the scales at 180 pounds./ 2. or[tip the balance] To have important or decisive influence; make a decision go for or against you; decide. * /John s vote tipped the scales in our favor, and we won… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • tip the scales — {v. phr.}, {informal} 1. To weigh. * /Martin tips the scales at 180 pounds./ 2. or[tip the balance] To have important or decisive influence; make a decision go for or against you; decide. * /John s vote tipped the scales in our favor, and we won… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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