tip the scales at

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tip the scales at (third-person singular simple present tips the scales at, present participle tipping the scales at, simple past and past participle tipped the scales at)

  1. (transitive) To weigh in at; to weigh.
    He tips the scales at 221 pounds.
    He tipped the scales at 221 pounds at the weigh-in two days before the fight.

Usage notes[edit]

  • To "weigh" is generally stative. To "weigh in at" usually refers to a specific instance of measurement. To "tip the scales at" can be used either way.