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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.
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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

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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Bard was hit with another balk, allowing Moustakas to reach third, and the mistake proved critical when Getz's single tied the game.
I know it exists because on a visit to that region many moons ago we came across a sign with Oaky Balks written on it and we weren't sure whether it was a historical fact or a place name.
Anyway, Oaky Balks demonstrates the foolishness of generalising about something so terribly, vitally important to the economy of this country as street names.
If a cat balks at a particular activity, the trainer doesn't force it.
The teams combined for nine errors, three balks, two passed balls and three wild pitches.
A lot of people saw it as humorous,'' third baseman Brendan Kingman said of Slaton's run-in with home plate umpire Jason Moore, who's penchant for calling balks during the four-game series had drawn the displeasure of both teams.
Balk talk: On a Thursday night of blown calls by the umpires at the JetHawks' expense, the two balks called on starting pitcher Damaso Marte infuriated pitching coach Jim Slaton.
Before and after the balks, there was plenty of peculiar baseball, with much of the wackiness working against the JetHawks.