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balk at

To be hesitant about doing something or to refuse to do it. My dog balked at leaving the park. The young performer balked at taking the stage at the talent show.
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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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Already in the early '90s, certain critics were balking at Fred Wilson's museum interventions and his peculiar brand of materialist historicism, levying charges that the artist's finger-pointing politics were not only too overt but, worse still, passe.
Schwarzenegger has talked about trying to push overhaul recommendations through the Legislature, where majority Democrats are already balking at wholesale alterations.
Brookfield Properties is balking at a proposed deck along West Street at the World Trade Center site, saying the "concept seems flawed.
CIA Director George Tenet, balking at the opening of files.
Balking at what it calls discrimination, the Unitarian Universalist Association vowed May 18 to defy the Boy Scouts of America's order that the church stop giving religious awards to scouts who are Unitarians.
Some utilities have been balking at AMR for years simply because they didn't want the hassle and expense of changing out meters.
And while the video game industry has made progress to curb sales and marketing of violent titles to minors, ``The music industry continues to target young people explicitly in its advertising'' and is balking at providing content-based information that would help consumers, according to the FTC.