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balk

or baulk

[ bawk ]
/ bɔk /
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verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
to place an obstacle in the way of; hinder; thwart: a sudden reversal that balked her hopes.
Archaic. to let slip; fail to use: to balk an opportunity.
noun
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Idioms about balk

    in balk, inside any of the spaces in back of the balklines on a billiard table.

Origin of balk

First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English balca “covering, beam, ridge”; cognate with Old Norse bǫlkr “bar, partition,” Dutch balk, Old Saxon balko, German Balken, Old Norse bjalki “beam,” Old English bolca “plank”; perhaps akin to Latin sufflāmen, Slovenian blazína, Lithuanian balžíenas “beam.” See balcony

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British Dictionary definitions for balk

balk

baulk

/ (bɔːk, bɔːlk) /

verb
noun
See also baulk

Derived forms of balk

balker or baulker, noun

Word Origin for balk

Old English balca; related to Old Norse bálkr partition, Old High German balco beam
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