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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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However, then and now, I balk at assuming that huge senior-level option grants align the executive with shareholder interests in a balanced way.
A private residential owner will balk at change orders while an owner of a commercial project will probably expect change orders.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.