balk at

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See: avoid, evade
References in classic literature ?
At six, Mary went over the Sliding Rock without a quiver, and I have seen strong men balk at that feat.
The Post later quoted Lane as saying: "I have not and will not balk at any pay cut, especially in this economy.
However, the practical reality is that judges who balk at Supreme Court activism from the bench are rarely--if ever--nominated to the high court.
Fortunately, only two of the rest have veered so far from the ways which originally won my respect that I would balk at financing their progress toward Psalm 106: 38.
Women who want to learn exercises which shape up without bulking the body, but who balk at descriptions, now have Strength Training For Women: Tone Up, Burn Calories, Stay Strong by Joan Pagano.
They balk at the idea that God continues to be present in the Catholic Church in the same manner when their own sense of decorum has been jostled.
Whoever really has considered the lilies of the field or the birds of the air and pondered the improbability of their existence in this warm world within the cold and empty stellar distances will hardly balk at the turning of water into wine--which was, after all, a very small miracle.
However, then and now, I balk at assuming that huge senior-level option grants align the executive with shareholder interests in a balanced way.