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Synonyms for baulk

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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It occurred to me that her recent obtrusion of herself upon me might have been prompted by the wish to test my power of detecting some of her secrets; but I let the thought drop again at once: her motives and her deeds had no interest for me, and whatever pleasures she might be seeking, I had no wish to baulk her.
And then my lord would defy the ghost which threatened him, for he knew of a remedy by which he could baulk his enemy.
Mr Dennis was so affected by this constancy on the part of the staunch old man, that he protested--almost with tears in his eyes-- that to baulk his inclinations would be an act of cruelty and hard dealing to which he, for one, never could reconcile his conscience.