Cameron and Clegg were both able to confidently disregard the balking of their more extreme factions.
The White House, meanwhile, continues to reject this plan, balking at the idea of dragging the process out further.
We also see Conan balking at a lucrative writing career on The Simpsons because he wants to be a performer.
With former Kansas City Mayor Carol Marinovich balking, the Democrats are left searching for a top-flight candidate for the seat.
The Democrats want to block those cuts for a year, and the Republicans are balking.
He rapidly unlocked the door and locked it again behind him, just balking a blundering charge from the young man in the billycock.
Jibbing, or “balking” as the Americans term it, is a detestable vice.
You will usually find an Englishman balking and kicking at innovation up to the last moment.
At this balking of their hopes they set up a howl of disappointment.
At the camp it had meant breaking bounds, balking the Military Police, doing forbidden things generally.
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.