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The first task was overhauling America’s balky election infrastructure–in the middle of a pandemic.
Then suddenly around the corners of his under lip a little balky smile began to flicker.
MOLLY MAKE-BELIEVEELEANOR HALLOWELL ABBOTT
If the design of his craft was faulty and it proved “balky” when he attempted flight, he had only himself to blame.
THE ROMANCE OF AIRCRAFTLAWRENCE YARD SMITH
For nearly a score of years they pulled like a pair of balky horses--what time they were not doing the monkey and parrot act.
HAPPINESS AND MARRIAGEELIZABETH (JONES) TOWNE
A balky team or a break in the harness requires prompt relief or all will be lost.
Horses balky and unused to work, had to unhitch one and returned with but little drill.
AN ARTILLERYMAN'S DIARYJENKIN LLOYD JONES
Taunts are allowable in the case of an obstinate husband: balky horses may best be made to go by having their ears bitten.
A CYNIC LOOKS AT LIFEAMBROSE BIERCE
We passed our wagons in a terrible plight: some upset, some with balky mules, some stuck in the mud, and some broken down.
Wimmen go through lots of things calm and patient that would make a man flinch and shy off like a balky horse, and visey versey.
Throwing himself back on his haunches, the cub began backing and pulling like a balky horse.
THE SHADOW PASSESROY J. SNELL

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