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 for Balk line
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Balk \Balk\ (b[add]k), n. [AS. balca beam, ridge; akin to Icel.
     b[=a]lkr partition, bj[=a]lki beam, OS. balko, G. balken; cf.
     Gael. balc ridge of earth between two furrows. Cf. Balcony,
     Balk, v. t., 3d Bulk.]
     1. A ridge of land left unplowed between furrows, or at the
        end of a field; a piece missed by the plow slipping aside.
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              Bad plowmen made balks of such ground. --Fuller.
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     2. A great beam, rafter, or timber; esp., the tie-beam of a
        house. The loft above was called "the balks."
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              Tubs hanging in the balks.            --Chaucer.
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     3. (Mil.) One of the beams connecting the successive supports
        of a trestle bridge or bateau bridge.
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     4. A hindrance or disappointment; a check.
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              A balk to the confidence of the bold undertaker.
                                                    --South.
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     5. A sudden and obstinate stop; a failure.
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     6. (Baseball) A deceptive gesture of the pitcher, as if to
        deliver the ball. It is illegal and is penalized by
        allowing the runners on base to advance one base.
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     Balk line (Billiards), a line across a billiard table near
        one end, marking a limit within which the cue balls are
        placed in beginning a game; also, a line around the table,
        parallel to the sides, used in playing a particular game,
        called the balk line game.
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