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verb [intransitive] British English pronunciation: baulk /bɔːk/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theybaulk
he/she/itbaulks
present participlebaulking
past tensebaulked
past participlebaulked
  1. to be unwilling to do something or let something happen, because you believe it is wrong or that it will cause problems

    Voters would baulk if either candidate made such a proposal.

    baulk at:

    They really wanted the house, but they baulked at the price.

    1. a.
      to stop suddenly and refuse to go forwards
      baulk at:

      The horse baulked at crossing the bridge.

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