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Balkiness   Listen

Likely to stop abruptly and unexpectedly.

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"Balkiness" Quotes from Famous Books

... been so sort of mournful lately. But never mind whether he has or not; I won't do it and I told him so. He got red hot in a jiffy. I was ungrateful and stubborn and all sorts of things. And I, bein' a Hammond, with some of the Hammond balkiness in me, I set my foot down as hard as his. And we had it until—until—well, until I saw him stagger and tremble so that I actually got scared and feared he was goin' to keel over where ...
— Keziah Coffin • Joseph C. Lincoln

... before he consents to such a movement. Next, he is pulled by the ear, with a good many sharp insinuations as to his motives for holding back. Fires of indignation are built under him for the purpose of consuming his balkiness. He is whipped with the scourge of public opinion, but this only makes him kick fiercely and lie harder in the breeching-straps. He is backed down into the ditch of scorn and contempt, but still is ...
— Around The Tea-Table • T. De Witt Talmage

Words linked to "Balkiness" :   intractability, intractableness, balky

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