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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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Now, the state is balking at giving him the $1 million he's owed for all the years he spent wrongfully imprisoned.
Already in the early '90s, certain critics were balking at Fred Wilson's museum interventions and his peculiar brand of materialist historicism, levying charges that the artist's finger-pointing politics were not only too overt but, worse still, passe.
Brookfield Properties is balking at a proposed deck along West Street at the World Trade Center site, saying the "concept seems flawed."
Instead, Bass focuses on the average men and women, all 250,000 of them, who made the journey to the nation's capital on freedom buses and trains, determined to have their voices heard by white politicians and legislators who were balking at the passage of effective civil rights legislation.
--CIA Director George Tenet, balking at the opening of files.
Balking at what it calls discrimination, the Unitarian Universalist Association vowed May 18 to defy the Boy Scouts of America's order that the church stop giving religious awards to scouts who are Unitarians.
Insurers are balking at providing such coverage and are asking the Bush administration to provide government backing for terrorism insurance and for the federal government to provide guarantees of payment of such claims.