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Balk

means the high ridge between furrows (Anglo-Saxon balca, a beam, a ridge); hence a rising ground.

A balk of timber is a beam running across the ceiling, etc., like a ridge. As the balk is the part not cut by the plough, therefore “to balk” means to leave untouched, or to disappoint.

To make a balk. To miss a part of the field in ploughing. Hence to disappoint. to withhold deceitfully.

To make a balk of good ground. To throw away a good chance.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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