intransitive verb

Hesitate or be unwilling to accept an idea or undertaking.

any gardener will at first balk at enclosing the garden

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An illegal motion made by a pitcher that may deceive a base runner.

Because of the balk, both runners advanced one base, giving the Twins a 5-4 victory.