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Related to balk: Belk, renege

balk

, baulk
1. a roughly squared heavy timber beam
2. a timber tie beam of a roof
3. Baseball an illegal motion by a pitcher towards the plate or towards the base when there are runners on base, esp without delivering the ball

balk

[bȯk]
(building construction)
A squared timber used in building construction.
(civil engineering)
A low ridge of earth that marks a boundary line.
(mining engineering)
A sudden thinning out, for a certain distance, of a bed of coal.

balk, baulk

1. A squared timber used in building construction.
2. A low ridge of earth that marks a boundary line.
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If you're an eager mentor with years of experience and excellent advice, nothing will frustrate you more than a protege who balks at every suggestion.
This was frustrating, because when a (client) office screams, they scream loudly,' says Balk.
Because Myers advanced one base beyond his awarded third base on the balk, the balk should be nullified.
Bard was hit with another balk, allowing Moustakas to reach third, and the mistake proved critical when Getz's single tied the game.
After his death in 1870, his son Gustav Balk teamed up with Amandus Dethlefsen and from then on, under the name "Dethlefsen & Balk--tea trade en gros," concentrated entrepreneurial activities on importing Chinese tea.
Balk, recognize the critical role children's health care providers play in a) discerning the potential environmental etiology of symptoms or disease, b) responding to patients' questions that arise from the increasing barrage of new messages in the media regarding environmental risks, and c) providing reliable, scientifically sound preventive messages regarding environmental exposures.
Yet if it is parish custom, those who balk may need to ask themselves, "Does it really hurt me to grasp hands for a few minutes?
Parents concerned about allergies may balk at the idea of keeping pets around children.
After the umpires called a rare "catcher's balk" in a recent game involving the Atlanta Braves, the National League club called a balk on its announcing crew, banning them from team charter flights.
It had minimum reporting functions," says Mike Balk, director of technical services for InterAmerica.
The college has asked Kirklees Council for permission to build 14 homes on the Green Balk Lane site to help finance the relocation.