balk at the idea (of something)

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balk at the idea (of something)

To indignantly reject or recoil from a given idea, topic, or suggestion. He balked at the idea of reducing the number of staff to pay for an increase to the executives' pay.
See also: balk, idea
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While many people would balk at the idea of going to a council meeting in person, more would be prepared to watch the proceedings on TV if such an option were available, especially on occasions when an issue of direct relevance to potential viewers was being debated.
The AICPA and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) balk at the idea of the PCC scaling back, saying the PCC's work has just begun.
Farmers, they balk at the idea of spending more money to use this software to save water and save money," Whiteley said.
com)-- Most people would balk at the idea of letting a graduation date pass without marking the occasion, but they're also likely to balk at a hefty price tag of $3,000 to fund the celebration.
Republicans are likely to balk at the idea, which would be paid for by curbing special interest tax breaks and making spending cuts elsewhere in the budget.
Dr Macpherson said: "I would rather resign than charge people and most of the GPs I know would balk at the idea of taking money from people.
Most insurance companies will cover the $11,000 a month that it takes to treat a patient with oral chemotherapy, but they balk at the idea of paying for organic produce or a water filter.
Yet when over 10,000 American citizens are killed annually by guns, the majority of Americans still balk at the idea of restricting their right to bear arms.
Labour balk at the idea of scrapping Communities First.
Even moderate Muslims will balk at the idea of rides on giant pigs - an animal Islam deems unclean.
THERE may be some who balk at the idea of Knight Rider without David Hasselhoff at the wheel of the legendary talking car Kitt, but this continuation of the franchise is just as thrilling as the original.
Even those traditionalists who are coming around to the idea that maybe screw caps are fine for some wines, balk at the idea of a cellar full of cardboard boxes," says wine writer and vineyard owner Lee Asbell.
YOUmay balk at the idea of savouring prawn after watching this one, but for all sci- fi/ horror freaks District 9 is a good deal this weekend.
While MEPs are in favour of the ecolabel being extended to new categories of products and services, they balk at the idea of it being applied indiscriminately to processed foodstuffs and fish and aquaculture products.
Now don't you find it amusing how certain parts of the British media spend so much time urging us to consider harsher sentences on criminals and then balk at the idea of really doing something about it