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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. © 2022 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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On the US market, Balker said, "You know that there is a lot of resistance to Qatar Airways' investing in the three major US carriers.
Amman, Sept.10 (Petra) -- Jordan's Ambassador to Armenia, Mohammed Balker, yesterday presented his credentials to the President of the Republic Armenia of Serzh Sargsyan as a non-resident accredited ambassador to Armenia.
The structure of the isolated compounds and derivatives were identified by chromatography-mass spectrometry (Shimadzu CG/MS 17 A QP 5000 mass spectrometer, DB5 column (30 in; 0.32 [micro]m)): nuclear magnetic resonance (Balker DRX-400; Gemini 300 (7.05T); Varian), [H.sup.1] NMR (300 and 200 MHz), [C.sup.13] NMR (75.5 MHz) and COSY (300 MHz) using deuterated solvent (CD[Cl.sub.3]) and [a.sub.D] analysis (Perkin-Elmer polarimeter at 20 C at 589 rim) using dichloromethane as described previously by Gasparotto-Junior et al.
Having already proved her mettle professionally with her first Super Series win in 2009, there were few balkers when Saina first began promoting herself commercially soon after.