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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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There are no assumptions, guidelines or rules about what to do in the unlikely event of a balked landing during cruddy flight conditions and the AIM provides crummy guidance.
Moreover, many on the left argued that Bush intends to "energize the base" of conservatives on his behalf by nominating a solid constitutionalist to the court in order to please rebellious conservatives who balked at his earlier nomination of White House Counsel Harriet Miers.
The manufacturers balked at such a suggestion and in October 2004, more than a decade later, the NHTSA determined that rather than specify a particular time frame, manufacturers would be allowed to submit a schedule of when they will inform dealers and distributors of safety defects to the agency.
Mia Kang, a San Antonio high school freshman, balked at taking a practice test in February.
When Fuad Hussein and his committee started reviewing the textbooks, he recalls, one teacher balked during the first session.
The Agnelli family, which controls 33 percent of Club Med's voting rights, balked at ponying up for Bourguignon's ideas after the company reported a $63.
Uruguay, which balked at privatizations, didn't pass liability protection laws until 2000.
The United States had ratified the 1972 treaty along with 142 other countries--including Iran, Iraq, Russia, and China--but balked at agreeing to any further restrictions.