balk at


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balk at something

to resist and object to something; to shy away from doing something. I hope they don't balk at finishing their work. They will probably balk at it.
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balk at

v.
1. To stop short and refuse to go on to do something: The horse balked at jumping over the fence.
2. To refuse something obstinately or abruptly: The politician balked at the compromise suggested by the opposing party.
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a new National Child Care strategy be developed between the federal government, the provinces and territories in the event that the provinces balk at the codicil for dedicated funds;
Parents concerned about allergies may balk at the idea of keeping pets around children.
Residents "turn to us because they balk at the nursing home environment; they are looking for more of a residential model.
First up is ``Grinch'' director Ron Howard's comic nightmare of having two stars balk at doing a nude love scene and him stripping down on the set.
It's an assignment at which anyone with the usual broad range of enthusiasm would balk, as one might balk at a similar exercise with regard to, say, cities, or close friends.
However, first-mortgage lenders often balk at allowing additional debt to be added to the property - even if the co-op is financially sound and total debt is a modest percentage of value, says Gartenstein.
Despite widespread skepticism that investors would balk at tendering their bonds with such high coupons at any reasonable price, Prudential Securities successfully negotiated with investors a price of 105.
Theater owners balk at the idea of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on new equipment when the studios could effect significant savings by not having to pay for prints and distribution.
Unlike many other contemporary painters, his conceptual strategies do not serve to disguise an expressive content that some of us might balk at swallowing unmediated.
Some City Council members were concerned that gun owners would balk at the higher rate, but others said the increase from $69 to the maximum allowed under a new state law is needed to offset expenses.