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Balking Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    balking adj : stopping short and refusing to go on; "a balking"; "a balky mule"; "a balky customer" [syn: balky]
Balking Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Balk \Balk\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Balked (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Balking.] [From Balk a beam; orig. to put a balk or beam in one's way, in order to stop or hinder. Cf., for sense 2, AS. on balcan legan to lay in heaps.]
  1. To leave or make balks in. [Obs.] --Gower.
  2. To leave heaped up; to heap up in piles. [Obs.] Ten thousand bold Scots, two and twenty knights, Balk'd in their own blood did Sir Walter see. --Shak.
  3. To omit, miss, or overlook by chance. [Obs.]
  4. To miss intentionally; to avoid; to shun; to refuse; to let go by; to shirk. [Obs. or Obsolescent] By reason of the contagion then in London, we balked the ?nns. --Evelyn. Sick he is, and keeps his bed, and balks his meat. --Bp. Hall. Nor doth he any creature balk, But lays on all he meeteth. --Drayton.
  5. To disappoint; to frustrate; to foil; to baffle; to ?hwart; as, to balk expectation. They shall not balk my entrance. --Byron.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Balking'


In baseball, a pitcher may commit a number of illegal motions or actions which constitute a balk. In games played under Official Baseball Rules, a balk results in a delayed dead ball, and the balk is ignored under specified circumstances. Under other rule sets, notably the National Federation of High Schools (Fed) Baseball Rules in the United States, a balk results in an immediate dead ball. In the event a balk is enforced, the pitch is nullified and each runner is awarded one base while the batter remains at bat with the previous count. The balk rule in Major League Baseball was introduced in 1898.

The first mention of a balk, but with no definition provided, appeared in Alexander Cartwright’s 1845 Knickerbocker Rules. At an 1857 baseball rules convention, a balk was defined as occurring when a pitcher stepped over a line 45 feet away from home plate while delivering a pitch. All baserunners advanced a base.

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  • PRINCETON: AvalonBay balking at more testing
    AvalonBay is balking at the town’s insistence for additional environmental testing at the former Princeton hospital site where the company wants to build a residential development. Read more on this news related to 'Balking'
  • Editorial: What we'd lose by privatizing Detroit's water system
    Oakland and Macomb county are balking at a deal to create a regional water authority. And Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr is soliciting proposals for private management of the water department. But there's still time to save the authority deal. Read more on this news related to 'Balking'
  • Scott administration wants more restrictions on marijuana proposal
    Gov. Rick Scott and his surgeon general are balking at a proposal headed to the House floor that would open the door for a strain of marijuana that doesn't get users high but is believed to dramatically reduce seizures in children with a rare form of epilepsy. Read more on this news related to 'Balking'

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