v. stop short and refuse to go on; refuse obstinately or abruptly
When the warden learned that several inmates were planning to escape, he took steps to balk their attempt.
Sentence in Classic:
At the very moment when she would have seized her prey, the hare moved and darted along the balk between the winter rye and the stubble.
War and Peace(V3) By Leo Tolstoy Context
From time to time also he balked them by a sudden effort of the will, as by lifting them suddenly in the middle of an unfinished sentence and closing the book.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man By James Joyce Context
Still, she nosed her way up unevenly, till she came to where the hyacinths were all around her, then she balked, struggled, jerked a little way out of the flowers, then stopped.
Lady Chatterley's Lover By D H Lawrence Context
First, my stranger of Meung; then de Wardes, to whom I have given three sword wounds; next Milady, whose secret I have discovered; finally, the cardinal, whose vengeance I have balked.
THE THREE MUSKETEERS By Alexandre Dumas Context
He tried once or twice, stammering and balking, to the annoyance of the judge, who was gasping from the odor of fertilizer.
The Jungle By Upton Sinclair Context