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

Derived forms: balks, balked, balking

Type of: area, beam, delivery, difficultness, difficulty, disobey, expanse, fix [informal], hole [informal], jam [informal], kettle of fish [informal], mess [informal], muddle [informal], pickle [informal], pitch, surface area

Part of: billiard table, pool table, snooker table

Encyclopedia: Balk, Gaasterlân-Sleat