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- n. The state or quality of being balky.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. likely to stop abruptly and unexpectedly.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. likely to stop abruptly and unexpectedly
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He actually called him "more courageous" than Arafat, whose balkiness incensed the president.
If the administration had any doubts about China's resentment and balkiness, it lost them when Chinese President Jiang Zemin was finally heard from on Tuesday night.
I had to set aside that obsolescent hippie balkiness and adopt a pragmatic attitude for the task ahead.
Althouse: "I had to set aside that obsolescent hippie balkiness..."
"I had to set aside that obsolescent hippie balkiness..."
Roy decided that, without knowing how he did it, he had fortunately succeeded in curing its "balkiness."
As soon as ever real balkiness is noted, it becomes necessary to avoid the least appearance of contradictoriness, since that increases difficulties.
And I, bein 'a Hammond, with some of the Hammond balkiness in me, I set my foot down as hard as his.
On the afternoon following the colonel's visit to Mink Run, old Peter, when he came for Phil, was obliged to stay long enough to see the antics of the mechanical mule; and had not that artificial animal suddenly refused to kick, and lapsed into a characteristic balkiness for which there was no apparent remedy, it might have proved difficult to get Phil away.
It is in no other way that we overcome balkiness in a horse: we divert his attention, do something to his nose or ear, lead him round in a circle, and thus get him over a place where flogging would only have made him more invincible.
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