balking


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  • adj

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stopping short and refusing to go on

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He called a railway porter, and bade him carry the portmanteau to the cloak-room: not that he had any notion of delay; flight, instant flight was his design, no matter whither; but he had determined to dismiss the cabman ere he named, or even chose, his destination, thus possibly balking the Judicial Error of another link.
Why--why--" stammered the youth strug- gling with his balking tongue.
What shall we say of this omnipresent appearance of that first projectile impulse, of this flattery and balking of so many well-meaning creatures?
He rapidly unlocked the door and locked it again behind him, just balking a blundering charge from the young man in the billycock.
Multiplying the balking index, the queue length, and the mean arrival rate gives you the number of frustrated customers who will leave their position in the queue in that time period.