Adjective "balked" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Hesitate or be unwilling to accept an idea or undertaking.
  1. 'However, the government has baulked at the estimated £2.4 billion cost of the tax breaks and is scrapping them this year.'
  2. 'Hospitals closer to his home baulked at admitting him, he said.'
  3. 'He'll ask his students to come up with 40 ideas in an hour and when they balk at this, he tells them that they won't know what they can do until they're put under this kind of pressure.'
  4. 'For a few days, the big banks responsible for allocating the world's capital baulked at doing business with each other, fearful that their counterparts' credit would go bad.'
  5. 'Historically, I have always baulked at the concept of fancy dress, on the grounds that I have a natural aversion to making myself look ridiculous.'
  6. 'They may balk at the idea of a top boss getting millions while a company's share price is falling.'
  7. 'Parents concerned about allergies may balk at the idea of keeping pets around children.'
  8. 'He quickly baulked at the cost to the exchequer.'
  9. 'An original plan to make sure all taxis were painted black-and-yellow was dumped after cabbies baulked at the cost.'
  10. 'Airlines have already begun to balk at paying commissions of 7% to 10% of the ticket price to travel agents.'
  11. 'he raised every objection he could to balk this plan'
  12. 'Fastest junior was Smith of Cleveleys RC who clocked 1-12-10, despite being baulked by a tractor over the fast finish.'
  13. 'The losers launched one last attack but who was there to balk them, none other than Johnny Nevin, who ventured from his own left wing to cover the right wing raid.'
  14. 'They may feel that they are balked in making their way through life, that authority figures are preventing them from expressing themselves, etc.'
  15. 'Massa was infuriated after Panis had driven so tardily on his slowing-down lap that he baulked the Brazilian, costing him a likely ninth place on the grid.'
  16. 'Indeed they are struggling to get into the team, baulked by players who last season didn't get games when Veron and Beckham were fit.'
  17. 'A fellow driver chose to have words with him and criticised him for weaving about on the track in order to balk those who try to overtake.'
  18. 'Despite being slightly baulked by Thinus Delport it didn't matter as Hickie chased on and got there first to score.'
  19. 'Zabel was balked, and instead the rider who pushed McEwen all the way to the line, and even bumped his shoulder at 40 mph in the final metres, was his fellow Australian Baden Cooke.'
  20. 'But Young Ox was not to be balked of his prey.'
  21. 'One woman was hitting a soldier on the head with her handbag, and I saw one of the soldiers, who was not to be baulked of his dance, pulled down onto the floor, as he held the tattooed wrist of the woman he still saw as his partner.'
  22. 'This time Bahirawa was baulked of his victim.'
  23. 'Do not balk the opportunity to see the church on the Green Hill.'
  24. 'The case represented a first, hesitant step towards the harmonisation of two cardinally important rights, even though the Court balked the opportunity to give lengthy analysis to the extent of the two rights’ compatibility with one another.'
  25. with object 'most of the horses were balked and refused'
  26. 'Suddenly the weather felt chilled and again the horses balked.'
  27. 'He nudged Cochise towards the sound but the pinto out and out balked and refused to take another step.'


A roughly squared timber beam.
  1. 'Iron-hard baulks of it, along with a few copper rivets, washers and sheathing, is all that remains of the ship.'
  2. 'It was built in the early 1990´s and consists of various obstacles made of tires filled with concrete, concrete panels and wooden balks.'
  3. 'A family of Tamil shipwrights were adzing baulks of timber into banana-shaped fishing rafts.'
The area on a billiard table between the balk line and the bottom cushion, within which in some circumstances a ball is protected from a direct stroke.
  1. 'He then potted blue in the middle pocket but the cue ball rolled back off the baulk cushion into the opposite middle pocket for a five-point foul.'
  2. 'It could still have gone either way on the colours, but Doherty had his nose in front when the pink bounced off three cushions and rolled into a baulk pocket.'
An unlawful action made by a pitcher that may deceive a base runner.
  1. 'And then in the sixth it was a balk again, allowing Georgia Tech to take the lead.'
  2. 'Lumping the two together makes no more sense than lumping together balks and wild pitches.… The same holds for outfielders.'
A ridge left unploughed between furrows.
  1. 'A method of setting out archaeological excavation trenches in a pattern of regular square or rectangular boxes with baulks between, pioneered by Sir Mortimer Wheeler at sites in India and southern Britain.'
  2. 'The sides of these trenches had the advantage of preserving the stratigraphy, but the baulks inevitably obscured parts of many of the features.'

More definitions

1. to stop, as at an obstacle, and refuse to proceed or to do something specified (usually followed by at): He balked at making the speech.

2. (of a horse, mule, etc.) to stop short and stubbornly refuse to go on.

3. Baseball. to commit a balk. verb (used with object)

4. to place an obstacle in the way of; hinder; thwart: a sudden reversal that balked her hopes.

5. Archaic. to let slip; fail to use: to balk an opportunity. noun

6. a check or hindrance

More examples(as adjective)

"nations can be balked."

"graces can be balked."

"equities can be balked."

"controls can be balked."

"cats can be balked."

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(balk)Late Old English balc, from Old Norse bálkr ‘partition’. The original use was ‘unploughed ridge’, later ‘land left unploughed by mistake’, hence ‘blunder, omission’, giving rise to the verb use ‘miss (a chance)’. A late Middle English sense ‘obstacle’ gave rise to the verb senses ‘hesitate’ and ‘hinder’.