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balk

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Definition to refuse to comply

Less common specialized meanings:

Baseball:  an illegal pitching motion while runners are on base

Equestrian:  when a horse refuses to obey a rider — especially when stopping in front of a jump

Billiards:  an area of the billiard table from which opening shots with the cue ball are made

Bowling:  when a bowler stops in mid-swing without releasing the ball

Badminton:  any deceptive movement that disconcerts an opponent before or during the service

Archeology:  a side wall of an excavated partition of earth left standing between adjoining excavation units

Agriculture:  a strip of ground left unplowed as a boundary line between two plowed portions

Architecture:  one of several parallel sloping beams that support a roof

Carpentry:  a thick piece of unfinished wood
  • Our teacher balked at the suggestion of an open-book test.
  • The horse balked at the jump.
  • 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
  • balked = refused to comply
  • 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
  • balked = refused to comply
  • Hernandez balked, and the officers lowered their price.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique's Journey
  • balked = refused to comply
  • The animals balked at such places, and the camel drivers were forced to dismount and unburden their charges.
    Paulo Coelho  --  The Alchemist
  • balked = refused to comply
  • At six, Mary went over the Sliding Rock without a quiver, and I have seen strong men balk at that feat.
    London, Jack  --  South Sea Tales
  • And education often wastes its effort in attempts to thwart and balk this natural magnetism, which is sure to select what belongs to it.
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo  --  Essays, First Series
  • I've had a dozen balk at that big jump.
    London, Jack  --  The Valley of the Moon
  • a player with ball in hand must play from the balk
  • It is the spirit of my noble- minded Cora that leads them, Duncan', he said, 'and I will not balk it.
    Cooper, James Fenimore  --  The Last of The Mohicans
  • 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.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  War and Peace
  • Edna admired the skill of his maneuver, and avoided any occasion to balk his intentions.
    Chopin, Kate  --  The Awakening and Selected Short Stories
  • It's all dead easy if Rosy don't balk when the flag drops.
    Henry, O.  --  The Four Million
  • If you interfere to balk his vengeance, you should remember there is one way to shut your testimony out; and that is to put you in the dock.
    Stevenson, Robert Louis  --  Kidnapped
  • ' "Dearest," said Aslan very gently, "you and your brother will never come balk to Narnia."
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Voyage of the Dawn Trader
  • If you interfere to balk his vengeance, you should remember there is one way to shut your testimony out; and that is to put you in the dock.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Kidnapped
  • The wind balked my every effort, ripping the canvas out of my hands and in an instant undoing what I had gained by ten minutes of severest struggle.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • The vyes hesitated, talons twitching as they squinted and balked at this unexpected turn.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • I would have collected $140,000, never have seen Star a second time— Or would Her Wisdom have been balked?
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road

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