We cannot steam any faster, and we are baulking the fire of our friends.
Then Z. turned and made for home as fast as his baulking engine would allow.
But perhaps you have never filled out the last part—still back at that baulking place.
The secret he longed to learn, the seal and confirmation of his hard-won faith, or empty, baulking nothingness?
This baulking of the sentiment of love, whipped up, if anything, the longing for justice in Mr. Ventnor.
On the whole, it is I who should be grateful to you for not baulking me in my scheme and for letting me have my own way.
This is apparently intended as a piece of humour, in catching or baulking the audience.
Go to your work and be strong, halting not in your ways, baulking the end half-won for an instant dole of praise.
One last word of advice: pause a second time, I entreat, before you think of baulking Dr. Nikola.'
Horses are taught the dangerous vice of baulking, or jibbing, as it is called in England, by improper management.
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.