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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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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

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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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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If you're an eager mentor with years of experience and excellent advice, nothing will frustrate you more than a protege who balks at every suggestion.
However, a tenant who balks at posting even a small cash security deposit may be receptive to delivering as security a clean, irrevocable letter of credit ("LC') in an even larger amount.