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Baulk

noun
1.
The area on a billiard table behind the balkline.  Synonym: balk.
2.
Something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress.  Synonyms: balk, check, deterrent, handicap, hinderance, hindrance, impediment.
3.
One of several parallel sloping beams that support a roof.  Synonyms: balk, rafter.



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"Baulk" Quotes from Famous Books



... mind to do so; as it was, he was obliged to go away and get ready for church, but when his preparations were made he came back to Paul, and leaning over him said with an unpleasant scowl, "If I get back in time, Bultitude, we'll see whether you baulk me quite so easily. If I come back and find you've done it—I shall ...
— Vice Versa - or A Lesson to Fathers • F. Anstey

... gather hope that slowly but surely Buller's army is drawing nearer to us, though by a different and harder road from the one it tried last. We know that for a whole week on end those troops have been fighting their way against entrenched positions that might baulk the bravest soldiers, and still the roar of battle rolls our way, until between the muffled boom of heavy guns we can hear faintly the pulse-like throb ...
— Four Months Besieged - The Story of Ladysmith • H. H. S. Pearse



Words linked to "Baulk" :   bind, surface area, billiard table, millstone, snooker table, deterrent, pool table, impediment, disobey, diriment impediment, straitjacket, difficulty, albatross, beam, area, drag, obstruction, expanse, obstacle



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