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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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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;
Many hospitals in poor nations might balk at a $100,000 laser but could easily afford $1,000 for solar-surgery equipment.
If your players balk at the idea, remind them that warmed-up muscles function better and are less likely to sustain injury.
Redding responded that assisted living should remain under state regulation "because that is what has helped us become different from the nursing home industry." Residents "turn to us because they balk at the nursing home environment; they are looking for more of a residential model."
A reader may balk at being urged to rise at 4 am each day--no matter her work, school or family demands--to practice a healing ritual or to give up wearing pants so as to liberate her flow of energy.
Younger partners may balk at the prospect of having to pay for senior partners' retirement, or they may leave the firm and take clients with them, putting the firm in a precarious financial situation.
"A camera," he said, "is wild in just anybody's hands, therefore one must set limits." Though The Monuments of Passaic, perhaps his most disarming work (which ironically framed subjects like the dirty Passaic river, bulldozers, pylons, even a doleful plaster Venus), is palpably, though speciously melancholic, the photos balk at even the blandest sentimentality.
Business editors might balk at such a simplistic approach to newsletter writing, but don't knock it until you've tried it.
The Manhattan residential sales market, which held remarkably steady in 2002 despite tumultuous economic conditions, hit a snag at the end of the year as buyers began to balk at apartment prices greater than $1.5 million.
Parents concerned about allergies may balk at the idea of keeping pets around children.
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.
Businesses will balk at buying such products for their own use, he says.
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.