What balks or breaks others is fuel for his burning progress to contact and amorous joy.
The charity that balks at giving, reacts upon a man and deadens him.
The green tree may have been suggested to his mind by an actual tree growing out of one of the balks.
Three balks shall be called "no vault," and must be recorded as one of the three trials.
Now, your English tourists have always a residue of scruple about them which balks their genius.
It is under this custom that the strips and balks are gradually disappearing.
As it is now, Vaudreuil balks Montcalm, and that will ruin us in the end unless you make it otherwise.
Ill try it on Billy Bumps when he balks, said Tess, in a small voice.
Every strip is separated from the next by balks on even ground, and linches on the steep slopes of a hill.
Three balks of timber are lying in our road,—one, a very large and heavy monster, directly across it.
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.