tip the scales at



tip 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 notesEdit

  • 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.