(v. t.) To miss intentionally; to avoid; to shun; to refuse; to let go by; to shirk.
(v. i.) A ridge of land left unplowed between furrows, or at the end of a field; a piece missed by the plow slipping aside.
(v. i.) A great beam, rafter, or timber; esp., the tie-beam of a house. The loft above was called "the balks."
(v. i.) One of the beams connecting the successive supports of a trestle bridge or bateau bridge.
(v. i.) A hindrance or disappointment; a check.
(v. i.) A sudden and obstinate stop; a failure.
(v. i.) A deceptive gesture of the pitcher, as if to deliver the ball.
(v. t.) To leave or make balks in.
(v. t.) To leave heaped up; to heap up in piles.
(v. t.) To disappoint; to frustrate; to foil; to baffle; to /hwart; as, to balk expectation.
(v. i.) To engage in contradiction; to be in opposition.
(v. i.) To stop abruptly and stand still obstinately; to jib; to stop short; to swerve; as, the horse balks.
(v. i.) To indicate to fishermen, by shouts or signals from shore, the direction taken by the shoals of herring.
(1) Since the first is balked by the obstacle of deficit reduction, emphasis has turned to the second.
(2) The US and its allies are balking at Iranian demands for all UN sanctions to be lifted at the start of a deal.
(3) The eastern European nations balked at the “emergency brake” on benefits to EU migrants.
(4) Critics balk at the original asking price of $399, but the initial stock sells out in five hours.
(5) In recent years, though, a number of his near comtemporaries – notably Leonard Cohen and Bruce Springsteen – have been revitalised by taking on the kind of touring schedules that many a younger artist might balk at.
(6) To attract support from moderate Republicans who balked at the plan, an additional $8bn was included over five years to fund so-called high-risk pools that would help subsidize people with preexisting conditions.. Health policy experts have argued the fix is insufficient.
(7) One government source said: "Patrick McLoughlin is not balking at these ideas, which are interesting.
(8) Her work, which tackles the problems women face in Egypt and across the world, has always attracted outrage, but she never seems to have balked at this; she has continued to address controversial issues such as prostitution, domestic violence and religious fundamentalism in her writing.
(9) Young parents who have seen their tax credits cut and wages stagnate might balk at George Osborne’s repeated claims that “the economic plan is working”.
(10) Duration of treadmill exercise on a Balke treadmill protocol increased similarly in the two groups, 62% in the older group (from 8.9 to 14.3 minutes) and 40% in the younger group (from 12.2 to 17.1 minutes) (p = NS).
(11) The Wigan Athletic chairman, Dave Whelan , could step in to save jobs at his stricken former company JJB Sports, which is searching for a buyer after shareholders balked at pumping more cash into the troubled chain.
(12) Republicans in the house have already balked at the $50bn in immediate relief for Sandy that went to the house on Tuesday.
(13) It has been known for weeks that the US balked at Germany’s demand for a no-spy agreement, in part because of the precedent it would set for other countries that might also ask not to be spied on, and in part because Germany , which has limited spy capabilities, had nothing to offer in trade.
(14) Distribution of mitoses and dead hepatocytes in the hepatic balk was investigated.
(15) The new service unveiled on Friday will allow viewers who balk at a monthly Sky pay-TV subscription to access on-demand content including the BBC iPlayer, Facebook and Sky News.
(16) I think we balk at commercialising babies for the same reason that there's no provision under law for financial compensation if you lose a loved one.
(17) The misery of the left was, in the 1980s, matched by the triumphalism of the free marketeers, who had transformed Britain beyond many of their wildest ambitions, and began to balk at the restraints put on their dreams by the European project.
(18) Any Moldy Peach diehards balking at the idea of Green duetting with someone other than Dawson are missing out, though: this record sounds as though he and Shapiro have known each other for ever.
(19) Many countries, including major ones, won’t be willing to make their mitigation commitment legally binding at the international level, and once some balk, the premise of a legal form applicable to all unravels,” he said.
(20) Balking as never before at being the EU's cashpoint, Germany has been the main obstacle, although others have also hidden behind Berlin and quietly egged it on.
(a.) Tending to deceive; having power to mislead, or impress with false opinions; as, a deceptive countenance or appearance.
(1) They had to see off a driven and capable Everton team and Roberto Martínez was not being disingenuous when he said the final score felt like a deception.
(2) The surgeon uses the scalpel rather than the prescription pad, but this fact is deceptive.
(3) Trump, embracing the spirit of the “lock her up” mob chants at his rallies, threatened: “If I win I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation – there has never been so many lies and so much deception,” he threatened.
(4) According to the model, deception is perceived from nonverbal behavior that violates normative expectation.
(5) The ease of deception has given birth to a brand new cottage industry.
(6) Doppler ultrasound has been used to determine the pressure gradient P1-P2 across the valve in patients with aortic stenosis (AS), but since the gradient varies over time and may be deceptively low in patients with impaired cardiac output, the key parameter to obtain is the orifice area (A).
(7) This is a pattern of confusion, or deliberate deception, repeated in countless cases of missing persons who were later tracked down to Bagram.
(8) It is clear from the results of the pilot study that it was the sex offenders' belief that the polygraph would detect deception that led to the increase in disclosures.
(9) The social changes of the sixties and seventies resulted in a "tolerance at arm's length" for pedophiles, which proved to be deceptive when the Dutch government proposed to lower the age of consent in 1985.
(10) Neurologic manifestations may be deceptively mild and easily overlooked or misinterpreted, particularly in the very young, because of the remarkable resiliency of the immature central nervous system and the skull's ability to expand throughout the pre-adolescent years.
(11) Intraspecific incompatibility, although generally having a deceptively simple genetic basis, has proved to be surprisingly diverse in its physiological manifestations.
(12) But that is the deception offered up by Ranieri’s collective.
(13) There, he left a cryptic comment under his own name: “1 of the most deceptive books ever.” Fans began to reply angrily, questioning whether this could possibly be the real Alex.
(14) The row between the BBC and LSE broke on Saturday when the university accused the corporation of deception and of using its students as human shields to sneak into North Korea.
(15) In contrast to the deceptively stable appearance, the patient is at increased risk due to delayed onset, recognition, and therapy.
(16) Although physical abuse was primarily related to impression management, psychological abuse was affected by both impression management and self-deception aspects of SDR.
(17) Rachel Dolezal's deception: her 'black' identity doesn't make sense – or make her black Read more Dolezal has been a regular face at local demonstrations and on TV channels, and has made the news on numerous occasions for the graphic hate mail she has received, including nooses left at her home.
(18) False and deceptive advertising though is the grounds for court action as well as license revocation.
(19) Withheld documents · Sale of arms to Saudi Arabia · Special maritime surveillance operations · An improved kiloton bomb · Production of chemical weapons · Chemical warfare policy · Operations Grape and Tiara · Medical aspects of interrogation · Special operations and how they affect deception · Atomic energy: information received from US under military agreement · Nuclear warheads in the far east · Project R1 · SAS regiment: Borneo operations
(20) Atlético’s supporters had broken into spontaneous applause for their team as soon as Bale put Carlo Ancelotti’s side ahead, and the ovation did not stop even when the game ran away from them and the score started to feel like a deception.