balk, baulk (v.) Old form(s): bauk, baulkt
refuse, ignore, shirk, let slip
Luc.696[of the well-fed hound and hawk] Make slow pursuit, or altogether balk / The prey
TN III.ii.23[Fabian to Sir Andrew, of courting Olivia] This was looked for at your hand, and this was baulked
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