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balking


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Balk  \Balk\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Balked}  (?);  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Balking}.]  [From  {Balk}  a  beam;  orig.  to  put  a  balk  or  beam 
  in  one's  way  in  order  to  stop  or  hinder.  Cf.,  for  sense  2, 
  AS  on  balcan  legan  to  lay  in  heaps.] 
  1.  To  leave  or  make  balks  in  [Obs.]  --Gower. 
 
  2.  To  leave  heaped  up  to  heap  up  in  piles.  [Obs.] 
 
  Ten  thousand  bold  Scots,  two  and  twenty  knights, 
  Balk'd  in  their  own  blood  did  Sir  Walter  see 
  --Shak. 
 
  3.  To  omit,  miss,  or  overlook  by  chance.  [Obs.] 
 
  4.  To  miss  intentionally;  to  avoid;  to  shun;  to  refuse;  to 
  let  go  by  to  shirk.  [Obs.  or  Obsolescent] 
 
  By  reason  of  the  contagion  then  in  London,  we  balked 
  the  ?nns.  --Evelyn. 
 
  Sick  he  is  and  keeps  his  bed,  and  balks  his  meat. 
  --Bp.  Hall. 
 
  Nor  doth  he  any  creature  balk,  But  lays  on  all  he 
  meeteth  --Drayton. 
 
  5.  To  disappoint;  to  frustrate;  to  foil;  to  baffle;  to 
  ?hwart;  as  to  balk  expectation. 
 
  They  shall  not  balk  my  entrance.  --Byron. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  balking 
  adj  :  stopping  short  and  refusing  to  go  on  "a  balking  ";  "a  balky 
  mule";  "a  balky  customer"  [syn:  {balky}] 




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