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balkline

[bawk-lahyn] /ˈbɔkˌlaɪn/
noun
1.
Sports. (in track events) the starting line.
2.
Billiards.
  1. a straight line drawn across the table behind which the cue balls are placed in beginning a game.
  2. 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.
  3. a balk lying inside one of these sections.
  4. balk (def 11).
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; balk + line1
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British Dictionary definitions for balk line

baulk line

noun (billiards)
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.
  1. one of four lines parallel to the cushions dividing the table into a central panel and eight smaller ones (the baulks)
  2. a type of game using these lines as restrictions
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