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 balking
A Palestinian offical said the Israelis were balking at their conditions for talks, which include freezing settlements.
In at least 20 states, governors or legislatures are balking at setting up insurance cooperatives.Red States Respond To Obamacare With Angry Tea-Party Denial|Joe McLean|March 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The Democrats want to block those cuts for a year, and the Republicans are balking.
Even upper-income families are balking at paying $750,000 to $1 million for college.Steve Cohen on the Three Biggest College Admissions Lies|Steve Cohen|September 26, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The Taliban leadership also was balking at opening a political process that NATO quite rightly demands must be Afghan led.Taliban Halts Talks With U.S., Puts NATO on Collision Course with Pakistan|Bruce Riedel|March 15, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Wollaston was conscious of balking, although he would not retreat.By the Light of the Soul|Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
It is entirely displaced by anger over the balking of the maternal instinct of protection.Outwitting Our Nerves|Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury
Like many another staunch character, he takes gallantly the real troubles of life, balking only at the trifles.The Worn Doorstep|Margaret Sherwood
There was a wheeze, a cough, a sigh and a groan, and the Tag started off as if she had never an idea of balking.Tom Fairfield in Camp|Allen Chapman
On the other hand, he, Theydon, might be balking the course of justice by holding his tongue.Number Seventeen|Louis Tracy
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.