baulk

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the area on a billiard table behind the balkline

one of several parallel sloping beams that support a roof

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refuse to comply

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came a third voice just then, and "Uncle's" red borzoi, straining and curving its back, caught up with the two foremost borzois, pushed ahead of them regardless of the terrible strain, put on speed close to the hare, knocked it off the balk onto the ryefield, again put on speed still more viciously, sinking to his knees in the muddy field, and all one could see was how, muddying his back, he rolled over with the hare.
If this were so, what right had he, William Cecil Clayton, to thwart the wishes, to balk the self-sacrifice of this strange man?
It were pity to balk this worthy seneschal, should he desire to try some small feat of arms.
It's all dead easy if Rosy don't balk when the flag drops.
If you interfere to balk his vengeance, you should remember there is one way to shut your testimony out; and that is to put you in the dock.
Daniel Bard had already survived perhaps the wildest inning of his major league career, one that included a pair of balks and a wild pitch, when he headed out for the eighth inning.
Standing up to her is no easy task and when her father uses tough love to try to reestablish his authority, she balks and runs away.