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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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Developed nations balked at a UN-backed conservation plan that included international payments for not drilling in Yasuni National Park, reports BBC News.
Some asked if I got a "full auto license." Others said "isn't that $200 a year fee kind of hard to handle if you're going to buy several as you have done?" And I can tell you this starting out; Nearly everyone I've talked to prior to buying their first full auto nearly balked at the thought of going through the government's red tape necessary to own National Firearms Act items.
Caption: BALK CALLED: The Los Angeles Dodgers sued insurer Ace American last month, alleging the firm balked at paying more than $9 million under a disability policy the club has on right-handed pitcher Jason Schmidt.
Gordon Brown balked at re-nationalising the railway system and balked at taxing the pinstriped suit brigade in the power industry.
CEO Peter Davies, who will continue to serve as the top executive at the new airline, decided that a shutdown and clean start were necessary when BWIA's four labor unions balked at concessions proposed in the carrier's latest restructuring plan.
GM balked at the initial request, but eventually agreed to pay $15 million.
Rogers eventually balked at the idea of being deliberately gored by a bull 16 times.
Yet it balked at letting American members of Centro Espirita Beneficiente Uniao do Vegetal (UDV), a Brazil-based religious group, use ayahuasca, a psychedelic tea made from Amazonian plants.
Many couples balked at the cost and decided against marriage.
Moreover, many on the left argued that Bush intends to "energize the base" of conservatives on his behalf by nominating a solid constitutionalist to the court in order to please rebellious conservatives who balked at his earlier nomination of White House Counsel Harriet Miers.
The manufacturers balked at such a suggestion and in October 2004, more than a decade later, the NHTSA determined that rather than specify a particular time frame, manufacturers would be allowed to submit a schedule of when they will inform dealers and distributors of safety defects to the agency.
Macario says the test caused him "a lot of pressure." Mia Kang, a San Antonio high school freshman, balked at taking a practice test in February.
Planning Commission Chairman Wayne Dahlgren told the News & Advance that when the Commission balked at his original zoning request, Falwell and his lawyers went directly to the city council, which agreed to his requests.
* What accounts for the behavior of the teacher who initially balked at drawing a line through a photo of Saddam?
Brosnan worked with pairs of female monkeys because in a preliminary trial, females but not males balked at inequities.