balk line

balkline

[bawk-lahyn]
noun
1.
Sports. (in track events) the starting line.
2.
Billiards.
a.
a straight line drawn across the table behind which the cue balls are placed in beginning a game.
b.
any of four lines, each near to and parallel with one side of the cushion, that divide the table into a large central panel or section and eight smaller sections or balks lying between these.
c.
a balk lying inside one of these sections.
d.
balk ( def 11 ).

Origin:
1830–40; balk + line1

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baulk line or (US) balk line
 
n
1.  Also called: string line a straight line across a billiard table behind which the cue balls are placed at the start of a game
2.  a.  one of four lines parallel to the cushions dividing the table into a central panel and eight smaller ones (the baulks)
 b.  a type of game using these lines as restrictions
 
balk line or (US) balk line
 
n

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