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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Baulked of his quarry by the inconsiderateness of the mate, Jerry trotted back to the head of the companion to wait for Skipper.
US PRESIDENT George W Bush has asked Congress for authority to use "all means he determines to be appropriate, including force" to disarm and overthrow Iraq's Saddam Hussein, saying the US will take action on its own if the UN Security Council baulks.