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Verb: baulk  bo(l)k [N. Amer], bo(l)k or bó(l)k [Brit]
Usage: Brit (N. Amer: balk)
  1. Pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness
    - hesitate, waver, waffle, balk
     
  2. Refuse to comply
    - resist, balk, jib
Noun: baulk  bo(l)k [N. Amer], bo(l)k or bó(l)k [Brit]
Usage: Brit (N. Amer: balk)
  1. The area on a billiard table behind the balkline
    "a player with ball in hand must play from the baulk";
    - balk
     
  2. Something that interferes with (or delays) action or progress
    - hindrance, hinderance, deterrent, impediment, balk, check, handicap
     
  3. One of several parallel sloping beams that support a roof
    - rafter, balk

Derived forms: baulked, baulking, baulks

Type of: area, beam, difficulty, disobey, expanse, surface area

Part of: billiard table, pool table, snooker table

Encyclopedia: Baulk