Sidebar: the Electoral College is the balk rule of government.
“Megalodon fossils appear in shallower marine sediments,” balk said.
So far that ruling has not caused any of the young men to balk at testifying.
The president warned Republicans not to balk at raising the debt ceiling and challenged the NRA on gun control.
These bills have wide bipartisan support, but certain provisions have caused some lawmakers to balk.
He could be relied upon to balk every effort my mother might make to find me.
It seemed that nothing could balk her ambition in that direction.
I gathered that the snap indicated relief at my compliance, and that he had been afraid I might balk.
He says that half of it is mine, but he may balk on taking charge.
Ah, would it not be sweet revenge indeed to balk the King in this venture so dear to his heart!
Old English balca "ridge, bank," from or influenced by Old Norse balkr "ridge of land," especially between two plowed furrows, both from Proto-Germanic *balkan-, *belkan- (cf. Old Saxon balko, Danish bjelke, Old Frisian balka, Old High German balcho, German Balken "beam, rafter"), from PIE *bhelg- "beam, plank" (cf. Latin fulcire "to prop up, support," fulcrum "bedpost;" Lithuanian balziena "cross-bar;" and possibly Greek phalanx "trunk, log, line of battle"). Modern senses are figurative, representing the balk as a hindrance or obstruction (see balk (v.)). Baseball sense is first attested 1845.
late 14c., "to leave an unplowed ridge when plowing," from balk (n.). Extended meaning "to omit, intentionally neglect" is mid-15c. Most modern senses are figurative, from the notion of a balk in the fields as a hindrance or obstruction: sense of "stop short" (as a horse confronted with an obstacle) is late 15c.; that of "to refuse" is 1580s. Related: Balked; balking.