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Below you will find the definition of balk, followed by 42 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - an illegal pitching motion while runners are on base
EXAMPLES - Balk in a Sentence
- "I'd like to find out what he called a balk on me. (source)
- The 2nd base umpire calling a balk was totally bogus. (source)
- Yet Congress will likely balk at many of the proposals. (source)
- But both sides would balk at the last second ... garaunteed. (source)
- When the officer started to balk, Barretto stated, Come on, guy. (source)
- Some few tried to balk the ogres, but these were quickly dispatched. (source)
- At each end of the field a high bank, locally called a balk, often 3 or (source)
- Dell's customers were beginning to balk at the company's bulky machines. (source)
- Then perhaps Arafat could say yes to the terms that had made Israel balk. (source)
- He needed no adult-male vision to see that it was a hazard few men would balk at. (source)
- Surely even the publishers of dime novels would balk at such an unlikely situation! (source)
- It is very unusual to have a machine "balk" at two updates in the way that yours has. (source)
- Why balk at a trifle like a watch, when he had already given her an entire new wardrobe? (source)
- CHIDEYA: Some record labels balk when a new artist wants to change what worked the first time. (source)
- "Don't balk at adding numbweed, that is the only thing that depresses the terrible racking cough." (source)
- Many bankers argue that institutional investors will balk at buying securities that convert into equity. (source)
- If Washington is too tough, companies might balk at participating in bailout programs, or lose key employees. (source)
- Beckett got upset with West in the fifth inning after he called a balk on an attempted pickoff toss to first base. (source)
- "Every time you balk, I will react unpre - dictably," she said, reaching across him to touch a button in the chair. (source)
- It is just helping the average American that republiklans balk at, as they have shown us DAILY for the last 11 months. (source)
- "I thought time was called (by the umpire), but it was obviously a pleasant surprise to see them call a balk," said Johnson. (source)
- In the case of a "balk," every occupant of a base, as a base runner, becomes entitled to one base, whether forced by the batsman or not. (source)
- If any Democratic caucus members balk at the public option, the party would need some Republicans to back the bill in order for it to pass. (source)
- And, of course, the kids on the cul-de-sac would balk at coming to the birthday party of an eleven-year-old this year, now that they were all teenagers. (source)
- Daria was usually crew chief, usually the one giving the orders, but this was not an official call, and she didn't balk at following Pete's instructions. (source)
- Unfortunately, most Americans are incapable of thinking long-term and will balk when the neoclowns whisper the word socialism in their oh so receptive ears. (source)
- At a House hearing last month, Mr. Geithner said it was "perfectly reasonable and understandable" that different federal agencies would balk at giving up powers. (source)
- In the centre of this room there was an upright beam, which had been placed at some period as a support for the old, worm-eaten balk of timber which spanned the roof. (source)
- Whether they are celebrities or not, women not only balk at the idea but are unprepared for the possibility that they be liable for paying alimony to their ex-spouses. (source)
- The lib's would cry over that ideal saying, just lock away the po-little darlings but than the same people would balk about having to pay more taxes to build prisons so to house the thugs. (source)
- A vote on the legislation was postponed last week after centrist Democrats began to balk at the measure, which would boost substantially debtors 'leverage in negotiations with their creditors. (source)
- Leifeld has worked this combination pitch either to first base or the plate for years, and the motion for each is so similar that even the umpires cannot detect it and never call a balk on him. (source)
- IN ALL OTHER rule codes, a balk is a delayed dead ball because AFTER the play is over, the offensive manager has the option of taking the result of the play OR the balk if certain criteria are met. (source)
- Too often, new writers lapse into unpronounceable collections of letters, such as Brfstklb. It's unusual, all right, but every time the readers see it, they will balk at such a name and stop reading. (source)
- The traditional champagne bottle was obviously out of the question, and the distinguished ladies who were expected to wield it would balk at carrying out the ceremony while floating around in spacesuits. (source)
- Perry would face one hurdle unique in the field: Will Americans balk at the idea of another former Texas governor occupying the White House, just four years after Bush left with a 34 percent job approval rating? (source)
- * The budget skirmishing continues as Harry Reid prepares to force Senate Republicans to vote on what he calls the "Tea Party" spending plan favored by House GOPers, in the belief that some moderate Republicans will balk. (source)
- A: Under the baseball rules, a balk is a 'no pitch', so we do not count this under the pitch count rules, similarly for throws to the bases by pitchers (pickoffs, to make a play on a runner) or warm-up throws before the inning starts. (source)
- Marian would make the moral case about our responsibility to children, and when some agency official would balk, there would be Peter, knowing every detail of federal law and telling them they had all the statutory authority they needed. (source)
- [Perhaps the word "balk" falls short of expressing the full force of the Chinese word, which implies not an attitude of defense, whereby one might be content to foil the enemy's stratagems one after another, but an active policy of counter - attack. (source)
- "These are public companies where the transactions should stand on their merits," he said, though he added that European regulators may balk at the potential combination of Europe's two biggest futures markets, alongside the lucrative business of clearing the trades. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 42 example sentences provided below is 63.0, which suggests that "balk" is a standard word that is understood by individuals with a high school diploma or degree, and can be found in news articles, books, magazines and other places.
We have 16 synonyms for balk.
cramp, crimp, demur, desist, dodge, evade, flinch, hesitate, recoil, refuse, resist, shirk, shrink from, shy, turn down, upset apple cart
We have 7 antonyms for balk.
OK, accept, aid, face, help, make easier, meet
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of balk from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (verb-intransitive) To stop short and refuse to go on: The horse balked at the jump.
- (verb-intransitive) To refuse obstinately or abruptly: She balked at the very idea of compromise.
- (verb-intransitive) Sports To make an incomplete or misleading motion.
- (verb-intransitive) Baseball To make an illegal motion before pitching, allowing one or more base runners to advance one base.
- (verb-transitive) To check or thwart by or as if by an obstacle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) ridge, an unplowed strip of land.
- (noun) beam, crossbeam.
- (noun) hindrance.
- (noun) blunder.
- (noun) deceptive motion; feint
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) A ridge of land left unplowed between furrows, or at the end of a field; a piece missed by the plow slipping aside.
- (noun) A great beam, rafter, or timber; esp., the tie-beam of a house. The loft above was called “the balks.”
- (noun) One of the beams connecting the successive supports of a trestle bridge or bateau bridge.
- (noun) A hindrance or disappointment; a check.
- (noun) A sudden and obstinate stop; a failure.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) A ridge; especially, a ridge left unplowed in the body of a field, or between fields; an uncultivated strip of land serving as a boundary, often between pieces of ground held by different tenants.
- (noun) A piece missed in plowing.
- (noun) An omission; an exception.
- (noun) A blunder; a failure or miscarriage: as, to make a balk; you have made a bad balk of it.
- (noun) In base-ball, a motion made by the pitcher as if to pitch the ball, but without actually doing so.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) an illegal pitching motion while runners are on base
- (verb) refuse to comply
- (noun) one of several parallel sloping beams that support a roof
- (noun) the area on a billiard table behind the balkline
- (noun) something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress