I should say they'd give you a miss in baulk, for they must believe you invulnerable.
He had brought himself to the point that he would not conceive an obstacle that should baulk him.
He was afraid the consul would be down and baulk his rapid but carefully arranged scheme.
You may baulk all the bailiffs, and defy any other man to serve you with a writ; but, by jingo!
English readers need not baulk themselves here because of the late fall of agricultural rents in this country.
Will was with me, and both ever too well disposed to baulk an opportunity.
It might be a wish to baulk this new passion through my interference, while he exposed me to the risk of his Majesty's anger.
On that night, I determined to baulk your curiosity, and yet to gain your confidence; and I succeeded.
However, we'll baulk him yet: another half-hour, and I am on the moor: we must give him time.
He said he would even have spent as much, to baulk or injure Copperfield.'
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.