baulk

Definitions of baulk
  1. verb
    refuse to comply
    synonyms: balk, jib, resist
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    disobey
    refuse to go along with; refuse to follow; be disobedient
  2. noun
    something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
    synonyms: balk, check, deterrent, handicap, hinderance, hindrance, impediment
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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
  3. noun
    the area on a billiard table behind the balkline
    synonyms: balk
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    area, expanse, surface area
    the extent of a 2-dimensional surface enclosed within a boundary
  4. noun
    one of several parallel sloping beams that support a roof
    synonyms: balk, rafter
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    type of:
    beam
    long thick piece of wood or metal or concrete, etc., used in construction
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