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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BALKED

So far I have not balked at anything but he has had the consideration not to direct me to the mountains.

The men that have solved greater problems in the past will not be balked by these.

Duerot has tried his hardest to sup in Lagny, and has been balked by German valour.

Well, gentlemen, you are balked this time; but what matters it?

Hugh Ritson was hardly the man to be balked by such impediments.

What match was she for a clever desperate rogue who balked at nothing?

He paused and waited impatiently for his answer, but once more Hardy balked him.

They balked, not at the amount of the tax, but at its principle.

He had booked himself for something cruel, and he was miserable to be balked.

You balked me in one attempt at vengeance, and I think you owe me a reparation!

WORD ORIGIN

Old English balca "ridge, bank," from or influenced by Old Norse balkr "ridge of land," especially between two plowed furrows, both from Proto-Germanic *balkan-, *belkan- (cf. Old Saxon balko, Danish bjelke, Old Frisian balka, Old High German balcho, German Balken "beam, rafter"), from PIE *bhelg- "beam, plank" (cf. Latin fulcire "to prop up, support," fulcrum "bedpost;" Lithuanian balziena "cross-bar;" and possibly Greek phalanx "trunk, log, line of battle"). Modern senses are figurative, representing the balk as a hindrance or obstruction (see balk (v.)). Baseball sense is first attested 1845.

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