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Baulk   Listen

Refuse to comply.  Synonyms: balk, jib, resist.

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"Baulk" Quotes from Famous Books

... in Saint Paul's sense mortify our dispositions. If they are not stimulated, they do not therefore die, nor is the human being what he would be if they had never existed. If we leave unstimulated, or, to use a shorter term, if we "baulk" any one of our main dispositions, Curiosity, Property, Trial and Error, Sex, and the rest, we produce in ourselves a state of nervous strain. It may be desirable in any particular case of conduct that we should do so, but we ought to ...
— Human Traits and their Social Significance • Irwin Edman

... as it had done; but all the same I'm bound to admit that I didn't relish the idea of meeting Corky again until time, the great healer, had been able to get in a bit of soothing work. I cut Washington Square out absolutely for the next few months. I gave it the complete miss-in-baulk. And then, just when I was beginning to think I might safely pop down in that direction and gather up the dropped threads, so to speak, time, instead of working the healing wheeze, went and pulled the most awful bone and put the lid on it. Opening the paper one morning, I read that Mrs. Alexander ...
— My Man Jeeves • P. G. Wodehouse

... were robbery to take your wager," the King of France said. "The difference between their bulk is disproportionate. However, I will not baulk your wish. ...
— Winning His Spurs - A Tale of the Crusades • George Alfred Henty

... a murther to baulk them for want of a friend,' answered Mr. Mahony, standing up like a warrior, and laying the pipe of peace upon the chimney. 'Will I go down, Father ...
— The House by the Church-Yard • J. Sheridan Le Fanu

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

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