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balk

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intransitive verb
  • to stop, as at an obstacle, and refuse to proceed or to do something specified (usually fol. by at): He balked at making the speech. [Webster]
noun
  • thick, roughly-squared wooden beam [Barron]
verb
  • to check or stop by or as if by an obstacle; block [Taisha]
  • obstacle purposely to get on the way of [Smirnov]
  • stop short, as if faced with an obstacle, and refuse to continue; foil; stop or get in the way of; frustrate [Nandigam]

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