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What is another word for balk?

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To suddenly spring or flinch back in fear, horror, or disgust
“The only price to be paid is the irritation of those who balk at the sight of a greedy quasi-criminal being honored by the Queen.”
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To be unwilling to accept an idea or undertaking
“Parents concerned about allergies may balk at the idea of keeping pets around children.”
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To hesitate or be undecisive in accepting an idea or undertaking
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“He also feared the president would balk at his proposal for the director of the National Research Foundation to be selected by a board of presidential appointees rather than the president himself.”
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To frustrate or prevent (someone) from achieving an aim
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“He knew their enemies would do anything to balk his attempts to secure the entire estate for Mrs. King.”
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To hinder or impede the progress or movement of
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To thwart or act against
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To avoid providing a clear answer or statement
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To stand or pull back physically, typically into a defensive, aggressive or fearful posture
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To avoid giving a direct answer to (a question)
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To disturb the composure of
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To use unfair means to deprive (someone) of (something)
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To disregard the rules and refuse to conform
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To complain or raise objections
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To stop and refuse to go forward (usually of a horse)
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Something that encumbers progress or movement
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“It is still commonly described as an unexpected event in which British pusillanimity acted as a balk to French anger.”
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A long, sturdy piece of timber or metal
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The emotion of not having one's expectations met
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