Balks vs Bales - What's the difference?
As a verb balks
As a noun bales is
From (etyl) balke, (etyl) balca, either from or influenced by (etyl) .
ridge, an unplowed strip of land
A hindrance or disappointment; a check.
- Bad ploughmen made balks of such ground.
A sudden and obstinate stop; a failure.
(sports) deceptive motion; feint
# (baseball) an illegal motion by the pitcher, intended to deceive a runner
# (badminton) motion used to deceive an opponent during a serve
- a balk to the confidence of the bold undertaker
(archaic) To pass over or by.
To omit, miss, or overlook by chance.
(obsolete) To miss intentionally; to avoid; to shun; to refuse; to let go by; to shirk.
* Bishop Hall
- By reason of the contagion then in London, we balked the nns.
- Sick he is, and keeps his bed, and balks his meat.
To stop, check, block.
To stop short and refuse to go on.
- Nor doth he any creature balk , / But lays on all he meeteth.
To refuse suddenly.
To disappoint; to frustrate; to foil; to baffle; to thwart.
- The horse balked .
- to balk expectation
To engage in contradiction; to be in opposition.
- They shall not balk my entrance.
To leave or make balks in.
- In strifeful terms with him to balk .
To leave heaped up; to heap up in piles.
- Ten thousand bold Scots, two and twenty knights, / Balk'd in their own blood did Sir Walter see.
Probably from (etyl) .
To indicate to fishermen, by shouts or signals from shore, the direction taken by the shoals of herring.