balking balking  /ˈbɔ kɪŋ/


  • (adj) stopping short and refusing to go on


  1. With some balking, the North has shut down its nuclear reactor at Yongbyon.
  2. As the convention opened, Truman was balking.
  3. Pyongyang is unbowed, while Moscow and Beijing are balking at tough Security Council sanctions against Iran for its nuclear activities.


  1. NCAA objects to mediation petition

    By Debra Erdley, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review The NCAA is balking at a request from state officials to have mediators decide where Penn State’s $60 million fine in the Jerry Sandusky child ...
    on June 15, 2013     Source: The Mckeesport Daily News

  2. Bigger whiner about money: Broncos Ryan Clady or coach George Karl?

    On his way out the Pepsi Center door, coach George Karl called the thought process of his boss “very stupid.” Hmm, I wonder why negotiations on a contract extension with Nuggets president Josh Kroenke didn’t got very well. In pro sports, it’s often about the money. Broncos offensive tackle Ryan Clady is balking at the [...]
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Denver Post

  3. East Texas chief reprimanded, vehicle dispute

    An East Texas police chief has been reprimanded for balking at using his personal vehicle to respond to a traffic accident.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Baytown Sun


  1. "But what I'm finding is that so many students and their hardworking parents and families are balking at the cost of higher education," Clinton said. "When they see the price tag their hearts sink."
    on May 12, 2007 By: Hillary Rodham Clinton Source: Guardian Unlimited

  2. "I'm not surprised that some are balking at doing hard work," Bush said of the Republican-controlled Congress.
    on Apr 28, 2005 By: President Bush Source: San Diego Union Tribune

  3. "Obviously, Franklin's been called balking to first base before," Hurdle said. "I feel like he's under some scrutiny. I just felt it was a poor call. (The umpire) didn't think so. You know you can't argue a balk call but I didn't leave the...
    on Apr 28, 2008 By: Clint Hurdle Source: International Herald Tribune

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