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  • Our teacher balked at the suggestion of an open-book test.
  • The horse balked at the jump.
  • Hernandez balked, and the officers lowered their price.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • The animals balked at such places, and the camel drivers were forced to dismount and unburden their charges.
    Paulo Coelho  --  The Alchemist

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  • She balked at the gate, and I had to hit her hard with the stick a few times to move her forward.
    Robert Newton Peck  --  A Day No Pigs Would Die
  • Papi wanted a negocio of his own, that was his dream, but he balked at starting at the bottom, selling hot dogs.
    Junot Diaz  --  Drown
  • ...he had been sent down thousands of miles south to haul and pile big balks of teak in the timberyards at Moulmein.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
  • He balked around for a while, said it was all a question of balancin’ the equities or something, that I was in an interesting but tenuous position.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • I pretend to balk, chew the edge of my lip, look away and then back to Desi.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • He throws another hundred-dollar bill at the driver after he balks at my lighting up.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went

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  • Millard balked.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • He was curious but gentle when I balked at explaining myself or my presence in his salon.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Liv herself was dubious and hesitant to place it in her listings once she asked a few questions about my grand plans, but I insisted that she do, and when she kept balking I even threatened to call a rival agent at ERA.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • I didn’t even balk at Will’s scars now.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • But the day she’d turned ten Ruby had balked.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • "She owes allegiance to none but herself, and won’t balk at putting a knife through your heart."
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • So why was I balking?
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • At this point, her aged father balked at leaving the house, insisting that the fire would change direction before it got to them.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • I balked.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • A deep cut-bank draw ran through the pear flats between me and the huge mesquite tree I was heading for, and it was down in the bottom of this draw that the hogs balked.
    Fred Gipson  --  Old Yeller
  • The oxen were balking at walking in that blowing snow.
    James Lincoln Collier  --  My Brother Sam is Dead
  • At first, he balked at the idea of working in the ghetto.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • I balk at his rudeness.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • He balked at that.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • Certainly it would not make me rich, though I suspect I might in some small way augment an income badly depleted by the needs of your poor aunts down in N.C. But I am balked by the aforementioned serious qualms and reservations.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • A trench appeared in the goddess’s path, causing her horses to balk.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • (Even my hand balks at the date; I had to push to write it down, just to keep the pen moving on the paper.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Warm is best, but I think your mom would balk at me heating it up in saucepans.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • Thomas almost balked, not sure how to say what he was thinking.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • When the principal balked, Pete asked him if he could live with allowing Louie to fail.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Any savage balked in the forest would utter the double shout and hold up the line till he was free again.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • The editor of the story balked.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • The Y balked.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • The clergyman’s shy and sensitive reserve had balked this scheme.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • He tried once or twice, stammering and balking, to the annoyance of the judge, who was gasping from the odor of fertilizer.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • There were times, apparently, when she took crazy, death-wish chances-things that even the Greenies balked at.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • At the very moment when she would have seized her prey, the hare moved and darted along the balk between the winter rye and the stubble.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • As they neared Saphira, Cadoc balked, so Eragon leapt down and ran toward her.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • It was a fine apartment in which we found ourselves, large, lofty, and heavily raftered with huge balks of age-blackened oak.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • My mother balked: "You what?"
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • Some students balked at my agreement.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • He interpreted my silence correctly, as the balk it was.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • We received from Madaline one postcard and what felt like a hastily written letter, in which she informed us of more troubles on the set, this time having to do with financiers who were threatening to balk because of all the delays.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • ’It is the spirit of my noble-minded Cora that leads them, Duncan’, he said, ’and I will not balk it.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • "Why—why—" stammered the youth struggling with his balking tongue.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • As she studies the pictures, she breaks down from time to time, weeping as only a mother who has outlived a child can weep, betraying a sense of loss so huge and irreparable that the mind balks at taking its measure.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • You know Zeus balked at it, or else we might have shut his mouth a long time past, the silvery speaker.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Real affection, it seemed, he could not have for me; it had been only fitful passion: that was balked; he would want me no more.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Edna admired the skill of his maneuver, and avoided any occasion to balk his intentions.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • I tried to think of whom among the district committee I might call for information concerning Clifton, but here again I was balked.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
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