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balk

the action of a horse when it refuses to obey a command to which it usually responds. See also jibbing.
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What accounts for the behavior of the teacher who initially balked at drawing a line through a photo of Saddam?
While some DWP officials have balked at getting into used-car sales, a Colorado activist plans to offer $1.
School officials allowed other students to pass out cards featuring pop singer Britney Spears, the boy band 'N Sync, and Looney Tunes characters, but balked at the little girl's religious themes.
Real estate executives involved in the auction said that Jerry Speyer of Tishman Speyer Properties, Abycq Rosen of RFF Holdings, Mortimer Zuckerman of Boston Properties and Steven Roth of Vornado Realty Trust expressed interest in buying the tower, but some balked at the expected $750 million price tag, according to reports.
Majority owner Sociedad Espanola de Propiedades Industriales (SEPI) offered a $650 million infusion in Spanish capital but the Argentina government, a minority shareholder, balked at labor cuts of up to 30%, most likely through layoffs.
Although Gidron says he initially balked at the mandate, he decided to cooperate.
Some major brandowners have balked at the new "black hole" of fees, which have doubled in just 12 months.
Schwarzenegger hoped the Legislature would quickly sign off on the deal, but the Democratic leadership balked, wanting more time to sort through the details.
Penney would have balked at such a blatantly contemptuous image," while the "National Education Association and minority civil rights brigade would have made a federal discrimination case out of it.
While New York State and City both pass budgets that contain layoffs, cuts in services, and closed parks and: Gilbert balked, "Wealthy New Yorkers are reaping a $100 million subsidy as a result of rent regulation.
as a critical component to its future growth, since Canadian regulatory authorities have balked at its Canadian expansion plans in recent years, fearing a concentration of banking powers, as CNNfn recently reported.