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Definition of Balk


  1. A ridge of land left unplowed between furrows, or at the end of a field; a piece missed by the plow slipping aside.
  2. A great beam, rafter, or timber; esp., the tie-beam of a house. The loft above was called "the balks."
  3. One of the beams connecting the successive supports of a trestle bridge or bateau bridge.
  4. A hindrance or disappointment; a check.
  5. A sudden and obstinate stop; a failure.
  6. A deceptive gesture of the pitcher, as if to deliver the ball.
  7. To leave or make balks in.
  8. To leave heaped up; to heap up in piles.
  9. To omit, miss, or overlook by chance.
  10. To miss intentionally; to avoid; to shun; to refuse; to let go by; to shirk.
  11. To disappoint; to frustrate; to foil; to baffle; to /hwart; as, to balk expectation.
  12. To engage in contradiction; to be in opposition.
  13. To stop abruptly and stand still obstinately; to jib; to stop short; to swerve; as, the horse balks.
  14. To indicate to fishermen, by shouts or signals from shore, the direction taken by the shoals of herring.

Balk Quotations

Balk the enemy's power; force him to reveal himself.
Sun Tzu

I have sympathy for young people, for their growing pains, but I balk when these growing pains are pushed into the foreground, when you make these young people the only vehicles of life's wisdom.
Wislawa Szymborska

I don't ever balk at being considered a Motown person, because Motown is the greatest musical event that ever happened in the history of music.
Smokey Robinson

I can never tell ahead of time which book will give me trouble - some balk every step of the way, others seem to write themselves - but certainly the mechanics of writing, finding the time and the psychic space, are easier now that my children are grown.
Anne Tyler

When Maricopa County Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio cracked down on illegal immigration without getting permission from Obama, they threatened to revoke his 287(g) status. When Sheriff Joe refused to balk, they filed suit against him with a frivolous civil rights claim.
Russell Pearce
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Balk Translations

balk in German is Hindernis
balk in Spanish is desliz
balk in Swedish is hindra
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