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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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Also the balking and reneging have a clear effect on the probabilities as we can see that there is a significant initial deviations in the state probabilities of the server.
In this paper, we have carried out an analysis of balking and reneging in finite-buffer discrete-time single server queue with single and multiple working vacations for the late arrival system with delayed access from an economic viewpoint.
Yue, "Optimal performance analysis of an M/M/1/N queue system with balking, reneging and server vacation," International Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics, vol.
Yue, "Optimal balking strategies in a Markovian queue with a single vacation," Journal of Information & Computational Science, vol.
Li, "Equilibrium balking behavior in the Geo/Geo/1 queueing system with multiple vacations," Applied Mathematical Modelling, vol.
Liu, "Equilibrium balking strategies in Markovian queues with working vacations," Applied Mathematical Modelling, vol.
Jyothsna, "Analysis of finite buffer Markovian queue with balking, reneging and working vacations," International Journal of Strategic Decision Sciences, vol.
Jyothsna, "Optimization of balking and reneging queue with vacation interruption under N-policy," Journal of Optimization, vol.
Moreno, "A discrete time single-server queue with balking: economic applications," Applied Economics, vol.