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verb [intransitive]     balk pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlebalking
past tensebalked
past participlebalked
  1. 1
    to be unwilling to do something or let something happen, because you believe that it is wrong or that it will cause problems

    Voters would balk if either candidate made such a proposal.

    balk at:

    They really wanted the apartment, but they balked at the price.

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  2. 2
    American in baseball, the pitcher balks if he breaks the rules by suddenly stopping in the process of throwing the ball
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