What does the word balk mean?

Usage examples for balk

  1. But why balk at going anywhere now, when Laura was up to such antics at home? – His Family by Ernest Poole
  2. If you have an account with me, I will not balk you. – Fort Lafayette or, Love and Secession by Benjamin Wood
  3. I'll teach him how to balk me of my prey a second time. – Mrs. Geoffrey by Duchess