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verb [intransitive] balk pronunciation in American English /bɔk/
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present tense
I/you/we/theybalk
he/she/itbalks
present participlebalking
past tensebalked
past participlebalked

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  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.
    1. a.
      to stop suddenly and refuse to go forward
      balk at: The horse balked at crossing the bridge.

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