verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- balinese cat,
- baliol, john de,
- balkan frame,
- balkan mountains,
- balkan peninsula,
- balkan states
Origin of balk
Examples from the Web for balk
Sidebar: the Electoral College is the balk rule of government.
“Megalodon fossils appear in shallower marine sediments,” Balk said.Shark Week Is Lying Again: Megalodon Is Definitely Extinct|David Shiffman|August 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Although my temptation is to balk like a sitcom father—“Whaddya mean these guys are famous for Tweeting?!”
Producers are not likely to want to hire another actor who may balk at the pressure of filming the major project.Meet Jamie Dornan: ’50 Shades of Grey's' New Christian Grey|Kevin Fallon|October 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Unlike entitlement cuts, sequester cuts must be renewed every year by Congress, and sooner or later, Congress will likely balk.Republicans Don’t Really Care About Reducing America’s Debt|Peter Beinart|October 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Caterers, decorators, florists do not balk at paying commissions on contracts.The Substitute Prisoner|Max Marcin
Was this common little Tanner woman going to be the one to balk her plans?A Voice in the Wilderness|Grace Livingston Hill
Why should anyone be staggered at the proposition for the establishment of the Homecroft Reserve, or balk at it because it is big?Our National Defense:|George Hebard Maxwell
Why then, when it comes to this particular axiom of irrational common-sense, does he balk and sheer off?The Complex Vision|John Cowper Powys
Ducie challenged, and I was not then in the humour to balk him.Home as Found|James Fenimore Cooper
Word Origin for balk
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.