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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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We were handling Novell and DOS, now we've added Windows NT and Windows 95,' says Balk.
With a runner on third base who is trying to score by means of a squeeze play or a steal, if the catcher or any other fielder steps on or in front of home base without possession of the ball--or touches the batter or his bat--the pitcher shall be charged with a balk, the batter shall be awarded first base on the interference, and the ball is dead.
Daniel Bard had already survived perhaps the wildest inning of his major league career, one that included a pair of balks and a wild pitch, when he headed out for the eighth inning.
Dethlefsen & Balk has come a long way since then even though there were many ups and downs in the company's long history, glamorous phases and trailblazing ideas like adding tea accessories to the merchandise as early as the 1970s; but, of course, also times that were not glossy, which took all of their stamina, passion, patience and courage.
Balk also turned to SupportMagic to meet these requirements as well as facilitate cross-platform support.
Green Balk Lane could not cope with the volume of traffic.
Another balk by Alfredo Aceves put Denard Span in scoring position with two outs in the eighth, and Jason Kubel flared a single into shallow center.
In this text for general readers, Balk uses a journalistic style to describe the sweeping drama of radio history from its inception to the present day.
Balk is, after all, very good at making information and theory look like entertainment, and he accomplishes this by hybridizing and playing back contemporary visual codes (global/digital/youth/ travel/culture/masculine/fun) revved up with special effects (game/world sci-fi/ simulation/fantasy/NASA).
With Jeter on third and Bernie Williams on first and one out, Simas lost contact with the pitching rubber and third base umpire Tim Welke called him for a balk.
I WOULD like to inform the very inconsiderate dog owners who walk their dogs on Green Balk Lane in Lepton that the law states dogs must be kept on leads and owners are to clear up after them.
Dethlefsen & Balk, suppliers to the specialty tea trade from Hamburg, Germany, have expanded their presence into the U.
Tenants will always balk, or try to use a hangnail on their toe or the dog eating their homework to change a deal," recited William G.