Definition of 'balk'
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MPs may balk at an eviction notice. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The price reduction comes after investors balked at the higher valuation. Times, Sunday Times (2010)These shoppers have either remained undecided or simply balked at the price. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Some people have lost their jobs and others balked at his idea of having only two national centres. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Your husband may balk at the idea of counselling because it is not something men of his generation generally value. Times, Sunday Times (2013)But motorists balk at the idea. Times, Sunday Times (2012)You may balk at the cost of your highlights, but there are far more preposterously priced haircuts going on. Times, Sunday Times (2009)I can understand why audiences may balk at the symmetry of the plot and the serendipity of the cast. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Some may balk at the frivolous approach to taking drugs, but few series are as vocal in their celebration of youthful individuality. Times, Sunday Times (2011)They practically balked at the idea that I might have some abnormal obstruction to recognition. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Clients balk at the price, but usually come back after shopping around, he says. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Or, if the price makes you balk, at least have afternoon tea to drink in the atmosphere. Times, Sunday Times (2007)We say I balked at the price, but what results! Times, Sunday Times (2012)Fresh research suggests that, while people will happily put up with voluntary restrictions on movement, they balk at the idea of compulsory quarantine. Times, Sunday Times (2006)
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Translations for 'balk'
British English: balk VERB
If you balk at something, you definitely do not want to do it or to let it happen.
They balked at the cost of renovations.
Definition of balk from the Collins English Dictionary
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