A critic should not balk at savaging what is bad just as he does not shy from praising what is good.
Sidebar: the Electoral College is the balk rule of government.
Producers are not likely to want to hire another actor who may balk at the pressure of filming the major project.
So far that ruling has not caused any of the young men to balk at testifying.
“Megalodon fossils appear in shallower marine sediments,” balk said.
He could be relied upon to balk every effort my mother might make to find me.
Grace and Cora almost collided in their attempt to balk Nancy.
I gathered that the snap indicated relief at my compliance, and that he had been afraid I might balk.
For the second time that evening he did not balk fate by fearing it.
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.