The definition of balk is to stop or hold back from doing something.(verb)
Balk is defined as to create a hindrance or a barrier.(verb)
An example of something that may balk your chances to finish college is a refusal by a lender to provide financial aid.
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Origin: ME balke < OE balca, a bank, ridge < IE *bhelg- (extended stem of *bhel-, a beam) > Ger balken, beam, Gr phalanx, L fulcrum
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verb balked, balk·ing, balks verb, intransitive
Origin: Middle English balken, to plow up in ridges
Origin: , from balk, ridge
Origin: , from Old English balca
Origin: and from Old Norse balkr, beam.
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