One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A wooden crosspiece that is fastened over the necks of two animals and attached to the plow or cart that they are to pull.
harness, collar, coupling, tackle, tack, equipageView synonyms
- ‘The yoke was fastened to the pole with a complex of knots so thoroughly tangled that it was impossible to unravel.’
- ‘She saw herself bound to her routine like a bullock to its yoke.’
- ‘The god told him that he would meet a cow that had never borne the weight of a yoke or plough.’
- ‘The only noise was the snorting of oxen as they pulled against the yoke.’
- 1.1 Used of something that is regarded as oppressive or burdensome.‘the yoke of imperialism’
tyranny, oppression, domination, hegemony, enslavement, slavery, servitude, subjugation, subjection, bondage, serfdom, vassalagebond, tie, linkView synonyms
- ‘Two hundred years ago, following a slave uprising, Haiti threw off the yoke of bondage to become a free black state and a haven for escaped African slaves.’
- ‘It's a triumphant moment of humanity unwilling to bow under the yoke of oppression.’
- ‘This could be the catalyst needed for the revolution of the common people of the world to unite and throw off the yoke of government oppression.’
- ‘This is a time full of lessons for those who day to day languish under the oppressive yoke of capitalism.’
- ‘Most of us choose to live under the yoke of economic oppression.’
- ‘The yearning of the poor that the Independence of the country and the shedding of the yoke of an oppressive colonial past would bring wealth or at least a little more prosperity to them, still remain an unfulfilled dream.’
- ‘Fifty three years ago India shook off the yoke of British imperialism and became independent.’
- ‘These reforms were intended to free the common man to pursue business opportunities without the oppressive yoke of high interest rates or excessive rents.’
- ‘The gang tries to throw off the yoke of racist oppression and control their own destinies.’
- ‘If it brings about democratic progress, why is it a bad thing for people to throw off the yoke of tyranny and decide that they want to control their own futures?’
- ‘To those of us who have resented the yoke of parental tyranny, that doesn't sound so bad.’
- ‘We're free from the yoke of oppression.’
- ‘They have been released from the yoke of authoritarian tyranny.’
- ‘The worst abuses were officially abolished, but the yoke of oppression did return, and new laws depriving people of their freedom and their political rights were instituted.’
- ‘Sure, they may have chafed under the yoke of being Jimi's ‘sidemen’, but he simply never had any better.’
- ‘Artistic approach to the style has been undergoing modern transformation, emerging out from under the oppressive yoke of postmodernist theory.’
- ‘The term is an antiquated yoke of oppression, politically, culturally and socially.’
- ‘Once the yoke of bondage was removed, we reached out through a network of World Trade Centers in 91 countries and 200 cities, all part of the World Trade Centers Assn.’
- ‘Let all who are under the yoke of slavery regard their masters as worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and the teaching may not be blasphemed.’
- ‘The crippling yoke of oppression has been dropped on the American neck.’
- 1.2 (in ancient Rome) an arch of three spears under which a defeated army was made to march.
- ‘Roman troops experienced the humiliation of having to walk like slaves under a yoke of spears after their defeat at the Caudine Forks.’
- 1.3 A pair of animals coupled together with a yoke.‘a yoke of oxen’
- 1.4archaic The amount of land that one pair of oxen could plow in a day.
2A part of a garment that fits over the shoulders and to which the main part of the garment is attached, typically in gathers or pleats.
- ‘Teresa was wearing a simple gown of emerald green with a white yoke and a black bow just below her throat.’
- ‘The club wore green guernseys with a red yoke, which was also distinctive.’
- ‘Using elements as disparate as an overscale man's shirt minus collar, gathered and sheared yokes on coats, and asymmetrical accordion pleats, she created a collection as elegant as it was personal.’
- ‘Foam usually isn't recommended for use on lightweight fabrics; however, it can be used in the yoke or neckline area of form-fitting garments.’
- ‘It features a sueded finish, tailored collar with top button loop, a left chest pocket, and a double layer back yoke with extended shoulders.’
- ‘The Pies wore white guernseys with a black yoke, with black and white striped socks, while Swan Districts wore their traditional black and white stripes.’
- ‘Consider embroidering little trains or sailboats on overalls, or teddy bears or bunnies on the yoke of a dress.’
- ‘Experiment with this technique on shirt yokes and sleeve seams.’
- ‘Eliminate the collar and finish the neckline edge with the yoke lining according to the pattern guidesheet.’
- ‘It has the right yoke, waistband and pocket details.’
- ‘He doesn't own any shiny suits with Western yokes in the back.’
3A frame fitting over the neck and shoulders of a person, used for carrying pails or baskets.
- ‘By day he was working in a limestone quarry, carrying buckets of stones on a yoke.’
- ‘Women in brightly coloured headscarves and short Russian army boots carried pails of milk on yokes around their shoulders.’
4The crossbar at the head of a rudder, to whose ends ropes are fastened.
- 4.1 A bar of soft iron between the poles of an electromagnet.
- 4.1 A bar of soft iron between the poles of an electromagnet.
5North American A control lever in an aircraft.
- ‘The more tightly you grip the yoke, the greater the tendency to make unintended inputs.’
- ‘It still had sticks, rather than control yokes, and got most of its performance out of its light weight.’
- ‘Keep the yoke or stick full aft to minimize weight on the nosewheel.’
- ‘That part of the preflight where we bring the yoke all the way back just isn't happening.’
- ‘My feet and hands moved automatically, working the strafing pedals and the control yoke.’
- ‘Zeke clutched the yoke and throttle, while Jeff calibrated the weapons arrays.’
- ‘Get the yoke back and either ride it out or add power and fly out of it.’
- ‘The engines were run up to 2500 rpm with the yokes held hard back and both men clinging to the bucking columns.’
- ‘Use rudders for heading control and only small jabs of the yoke to correct pitch and bank excursions.’
- ‘Not only do many pilots find the small stick to be more comfortable and ergonomic, but the lack of a standard yoke frees up all the space in front of the pilot for an unobstructed view of the instruments.’
- ‘We turn the control yoke just a little toward the wind and the aileron comes up a little.’
- ‘Gilkie found the yoke wildly bucking as he attempted to hold on to the controls.’
- ‘Kelsey fought to maintain control with the yoke that was trying to shake itself out of his hands.’
- ‘He turned his yoke to the right to try to bring the left wing up but received no response.’
- ‘The control yoke must be held fully rearward to maintain the stall.’
Old English geoc (noun), geocian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch juk, German Joch, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin jugum and Greek zugon, also by Latin jungere ‘to join’.
A thing whose name one cannot recall, does not know, or does not wish to specify.‘how much did that yoke set you back?’
Early 20th century: of unknown origin.
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