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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 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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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The moral of the story is to prepare for a possible balked landing--it's probably not an item on your approach checklist and it's not commonly part of instrument training.
MAY 23: White Sox pitcher Bill Simas balked Derek Jeter home in the 10th inning to give the Yankees an 8-7 win at Comiskey Park.
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Administrators balked at that proposal but did agree to modify the school's mission statement to assert, "Critical thinking, along with objective and thorough investigation of data and theories in all areas of study, is necessary to ensure the success of the educational program."
Diaz first learned of the project, he balked at the idea, telling a colleague that he would not accept the money.
Real estate executives involved in the auction said that Jerry Speyer of Tishman Speyer Properties, Abycq Rosen of RFF Holdings, Mortimer Zuckerman of Boston Properties and Steven Roth of Vornado Realty Trust expressed interest in buying the tower, but some balked at the expected $750 million price tag, according to reports.
Although Gidron says he initially balked at the mandate, he decided to cooperate.
But committee members balked at an immediate okay, noting that Rifkin (president of the Washington, D.C.-based Foundation of Economic Trends) had sued NIH the last time they tried to expedite the approval process.
The cards carried religious messages such as "Jesus loves you" and "F.R.O.G.: Freely Rely on God." School officials allowed other students to pass out cards featuring pop singer Britney Spears, the boy band 'N Sync, and Looney Tunes characters, but balked at the little girl's religious themes.
If one of the property owners balked and sued to prevent the taking of their building, the outcome may be unpredictable, Morgenstern said.
Penney would have balked at such a blatantly contemptuous image," while the "National Education Association and minority civil rights brigade would have made a federal discrimination case out of it."