Translation of balk in Spanish:


obstaculizar, v.

Pronunciation /bɔk/ /bɔːlk/ /bɔːk/

See Spanish definition of obstaculizar

transitive verb

(British baulk)
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    (attempt/plan) obstaculizar
    we were balked at every turn nos vimos frustrados a cada paso
    • I got baulked by slower cars a couple of times and Jonny caught me.
    • We tried a low downforce aero package, but I was baulked by traffic and so we were not able to see the difference.
    • Micky Conlan would roll the ball in front, then run, pick it up, baulk an imaginary opponent, run close to the boundary, kick the goal then scuttle back, laughing.
    • Fastest junior was Smith of Cleveleys RC who clocked 1-12-10, despite being baulked by a tractor over the fast finish.
    • Air Force Honcho enjoyed plenty of luck in running last week after being baulked early on and may not enjoy a trouble free passage either this time.
    • The black and amber brigade again faced into the elements on Friday but on this occasion their opponents were not to be balked.
    • The losers launched one last attack but who was there to balk them, none other than Johnny Nevin, who ventured from his own left wing to cover the right wing raid.
    • Having been baulked on his second run, Campbell had a re-run, in which he made full use of the clear track to break the 94s barrier and secure victory.
    • Massa was infuriated after Panis had driven so tardily on his slowing-down lap that he baulked the Brazilian, costing him a likely ninth place on the grid.
    • Despite being slightly baulked by Thinus Delport it didn't matter as Hickie chased on and got there first to score.
    • Indeed they are struggling to get into the team, baulked by players who last season didn't get games when Veron and Beckham were fit.
    • Or again has it been rushed in its development and is baulked up with poor coding?
    • Superior claims may baulk inferior ones, but the liquidator's duty is to realise the assets of all in accordance with their rights.
    • Zabel was balked, and instead the rider who pushed McEwen all the way to the line, and even bumped his shoulder at 40 mph in the final metres, was his fellow Australian Baden Cooke.
    • They may feel that they are balked in making their way through life, that authority figures are preventing them from expressing themselves, etc.
    • A fellow driver chose to have words with him and criticised him for weaving about on the track in order to balk those who try to overtake.
  • 2British

    (question/issue) evitar
    (question/issue) eludir

intransitive verb

(British baulk)
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    to balk at sth
    • So when the builders told her she was dreaming, baulked at her unusual ideas and promptly doubled their cost, that was all the encouragement the business woman needed.
    • At first she baulked at the idea, saying she no longer performed those pieces.
    • They may balk at the idea of a top boss getting millions while a company's share price is falling.
    • Parents concerned about allergies may balk at the idea of keeping pets around children.
    • He'll ask his students to come up with 40 ideas in an hour and when they balk at this, he tells them that they won't know what they can do until they're put under this kind of pressure.
    • She never wavered in this view and never baulked at the fact that to claim this prize she would have to rid herself of her cousin Elizabeth.
    • But some councillors privately have baulked at the new boards, which they see as a ‘hoop-jumping exercise’ designed to get the Government off the council's back.
    • They baulked at investing 400,000 into an event which attracted some 50 million in revenue to the city.
    • Hopes of a major expansion were raised earlier this year, but were dashed after the Government baulked at handing over the £42 million needed to fund the project.
    • For a few days, the big banks responsible for allocating the world's capital baulked at doing business with each other, fearful that their counterparts' credit would go bad.
    • However, the production company has baulked at a 15,000 fee for the use of an abandoned crofthouse.
    • Historically, I have always baulked at the concept of fancy dress, on the grounds that I have a natural aversion to making myself look ridiculous.
    • He quickly baulked at the cost to the exchequer.
    • Hospitals closer to his home baulked at admitting him, he said.
    • However, the government has baulked at the estimated £2.4 billion cost of the tax breaks and is scrapping them this year.
    • An original plan to make sure all taxis were painted black-and-yellow was dumped after cabbies baulked at the cost.
    • In the past three years, staff turnover has been a dramatic 30% - a level that some commercial companies might balk at - and 60 new professors have been appointed.
    • It is only the poor players who might balk at the added workload, and the newly-formed Scottish Professional Players' Association will want to negotiate a maximum number of matches per season for their members as a matter of urgency.
    • Of course, some might balk at the morality of keeping tabs on anyone 24 / 7, but this tricky question would at least leave one job for the ethics commissioner to handle.
    • Airlines have already begun to balk at paying commissions of 7% to 10% of the ticket price to travel agents.


(British baulk)
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    • 1.1Building

      viga de madera feminine
      • The new hall is concrete and stone and huge baulks of timber, throwing itself out to the world's best view through great sliding glass doors.
      • A family of Tamil shipwrights were adzing baulks of timber into banana-shaped fishing rafts.
      • Iron-hard baulks of it, along with a few copper rivets, washers and sheathing, is all that remains of the ship.
      • It was built in the early 1990´s and consists of various obstacles made of tires filled with concrete, concrete panels and wooden balks.
      • Most of these wells are propped up with wooden balks.

    • 1.2Farming

      caballón masculine
      • A method of setting out archaeological excavation trenches in a pattern of regular square or rectangular boxes with baulks between, pioneered by Sir Mortimer Wheeler at sites in India and southern Britain.
      • A survey carried out by the council says that much of the land has been mined below the legal limit, and there were no baulks of peat left to prevent the area from being completely drained.
      • The sides of these trenches had the advantage of preserving the stratigraphy, but the baulks inevitably obscured parts of many of the features.
      • Some are separated by grass baulks, others by stone walls.
      • Hope-Taylor himself describes this on p31 of his report, aiming for ‘total initial exposure of large areas with as few dividing balks [sic] of ploughsoil as possible’.

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    (in baseball)
    (movimiento antirreglamentario del lanzador) balk masculine
    • Because of the balk, both runners advanced one base, giving the Twins a 5-4 victory.
    • It is a balk, and the runner advances to second base.
    • Lumping the two together makes no more sense than lumping together balks and wild pitches.… The same holds for outfielders.
    • When there's a runner on first base and the pitcher makes a motion to throw to that base from the rubber, he's charged with a balk if he does not complete his throw.
    • And then in the sixth it was a balk again, allowing Georgia Tech to take the lead.
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    (in billiards, snooker)
    cabaña feminine
    • He then potted blue in the middle pocket but the cue ball rolled back off the baulk cushion into the opposite middle pocket for a five-point foul.
    • It could still have gone either way on the colours, but Doherty had his nose in front when the pink bounced off three cushions and rolled into a baulk pocket.
    • Milner potted green to level the frame scores but left a sitting brown after attempting an ambitious pot along the baulk cushion.
    • Needing the colours to take the frame he was about to take a tough shot on green near the baulk cushion when two spectators left the arena.
    • He broke, Burnett left the white pinned awkwardly against the balk cushion - and from there, McCulloch knocked in a long red.