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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.
References in classic literature ?
Hunt was not accustomed to the management of "voyageurs," and he had a crew admirably disposed to play the old soldier, and balk their work; and ever ready to come to a halt, land, make a fire, put on the great pot, and smoke, and gossip, and sing by the hour.
any balks in fast shooting always occur on the forward movement of the trigger finger.
The Mariners' Felix Hernandez balks before delivering the next pitch, which is called "ball two.
Daniel Bard had already survived perhaps the wildest inning of his major league career, one that included a pair of balks and a wild pitch, when he headed out for the eighth inning.