Rapaport balked, however, when ATCQ insisted on receiving producer credit on the film.
Obama administration officials wanted the BSA signed by the end of last year, but Karzai has balked.
When Hayes balked at giving up her child, she claims Romney threatened she could be excommunicated if she refused.
When the Reagan administration proposed a military strike against Libya, Gates balked.
But Spears balked because she felt her parents betrayed her, Sims states.
Fellows shivered, attempted some puerile protest, balked, and stammeringly obeyed his restless and irritated companion.
His balked feelings overmastered him, and he disregarded her prohibition.
Mary turned to me with a troubled glance; she thought that perhaps her balked benefactor was angry with her too.
But here Agatha was balked by the insurmountable wall of convention.
She was always such a willing creature, but then she pulled back and all but balked.
Old English balca "ridge, bank," from or influenced by Old Norse balkr "ridge of land," especially between two plowed furrows, both from Proto-Germanic *balkan-, *belkan- (cf. Old Saxon balko, Danish bjelke, Old Frisian balka, Old High German balcho, German Balken "beam, rafter"), from PIE *bhelg- "beam, plank" (cf. Latin fulcire "to prop up, support," fulcrum "bedpost;" Lithuanian balziena "cross-bar;" and possibly Greek phalanx "trunk, log, line of battle"). Modern senses are figurative, representing the balk as a hindrance or obstruction (see balk (v.)). Baseball sense is first attested 1845.
late 14c., "to leave an unplowed ridge when plowing," from balk (n.). Extended meaning "to omit, intentionally neglect" is mid-15c. Most modern senses are figurative, from the notion of a balk in the fields as a hindrance or obstruction: sense of "stop short" (as a horse confronted with an obstacle) is late 15c.; that of "to refuse" is 1580s. Related: Balked; balking.