balk

If you balk at your mother's suggestion that you take on more responsibility, you're saying no to added chores. To balk means to refuse to go along with.

A donkey balks when it refuses to move forward. This is a good picture for balk which is often used in conjunction with demands. Demands are something people often balk at like a donkey refusing to move. In baseball, a pitcher balks when he or she begins a pitch by winding up, but does not complete it. It is as if he is refusing to complete a started pitch, and it is against the rules.

Primary Meanings of balk

1.
vn
refuse to comply
something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
2.
n
an illegal pitching motion while runners are on base
3.
n
the area on a billiard table behind the balkline
4.
n
one of several parallel sloping beams that support a roof
Full Definitions of balk
1

v refuse to comply

Synonyms:
baulk, jib, resist
Type of:
disobey
refuse to go along with; refuse to follow; be disobedient

n something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress

Synonyms:
baulk, check, deterrent, handicap, hinderance, hindrance, impediment
Types:
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albatross, millstone
(figurative) something that hinders or handicaps
bind
something that hinders as if with bonds
diriment impediment
(canon law) an impediment that invalidates a marriage (such as the existence of a prior marriage)
drag
something that slows or delays progress
obstacle, obstruction
something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted
straitjacket
anything immaterial that severely hinders or confines
barrier, roadblock
any condition that makes it difficult to make progress or to achieve an objective
hang-up, hitch, rub, snag
an unforeseen obstacle
hurdle
an obstacle that you are expected to overcome
stymie, stymy
a thwarting and distressing situation
Type of:
difficulty
a factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or tending to produce a negative result
2

n an illegal pitching motion while runners are on base

Type of:
delivery, pitch
(baseball) the act of throwing a baseball by a pitcher to a batter
3

n the area on a billiard table behind the balkline

“a player with ball in hand must play from the balk
Synonyms:
baulk
Type of:
area, expanse, surface area
the extent of a 2-dimensional surface enclosed within a boundary
4

n one of several parallel sloping beams that support a roof

Synonyms:
baulk, rafter
Type of:
beam
long thick piece of wood or metal or concrete, etc., used in construction

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