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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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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.
For this second effort, the label balked at the double-set treatment, and Nellie took her 23 tracks and walked.
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.
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.
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.
Mia Kang, a San Antonio high school freshman, balked at taking a practice test in February.
What accounts for the behavior of the teacher who initially balked at drawing a line through a photo of Saddam?
The Agnelli family, which controls 33 percent of Club Med's voting rights, balked at ponying up for Bourguignon's ideas after the company reported a $63.
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.
Uruguay, which balked at privatizations, didn't pass liability protection laws until 2000.
The United States had ratified the 1972 treaty along with 142 other countries--including Iran, Iraq, Russia, and China--but balked at agreeing to any further restrictions.
But committee members balked at an immediate okay, noting that Rifkin (president of the Washington, D.