To Balk AtThe verb to balk (which is nearly always paired with the preposition at) means to be unwilling to or to take exception to.
- I don't ever balk at being considered a Motown person because Motown is the greatest musical event that ever happened in the history of music. (Smokey Robinson)
- Presidents with strong nerves are decisive. They don't balk at unpopular decisions. They are willing to make people angry. (Fred Barnes)
- A beam of timber that has been roughly squared.
- An unlawful action my a baseball pitcher to deceive a base runner.
- An unploughed ridge between furrows.
- An area on a billiard table.
- A miss or a failure.
BaulkBaulk is a British spelling of balk. Most Canadians prefer balk, and Australians prefer baulk.
- Anyone who lives outside of London would baulk at the cost of living. ()
BulkThe noun bulk describes a large mass or the greater quantity of something. It can also be used as verb meaning to make something bigger. As a verb, it is usually paired with the preposition up.
- I approached the bulk of my schoolwork as a chore rather than an intellectual adventure. (Steven Chu)
- The mind is like an iceberg. It floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water. (Sigmund Freud) (Here, bulk is a noun.)
- For the last 10 years, I have had to bulk up for roles. As I'm naturally skinny, I have eaten many chickens! (Hugh Jackman) (Here, bulk is a verb.)
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