When they are baulked of their prey they sometimes haunt a dwelling for weeks.
But Evelyn was not to be baulked by a policy of masterly inactivity.
She had her selfish ambition, as much as Caesar had; and died, baulked of her life's longing.
The peasants were not to be baulked of their desire to give their all to Poland.
As might be expected also, the Modern seniors were baulked, after all, of their promised vengeance on the rebels.
Notwithstanding all this, Gaspar the gaucho is not to be baulked in his design.
Whatever Eleanor aimed at in 1740 by a journey to England, was baulked by Newcastle's caution.
But the major was not thus to be baulked of his friendly intentions.
Then, salaaming profoundly, he sighed noisily and waddled out with a baulked expression on his cunning face.
He told me he would have roasted their toes rather than be baulked.
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.