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 plough or cart that they are to pull.
harness, collar, coupling, tackle, tack, equipageView synonyms
- ‘The god told him that he would meet a cow that had never borne the weight of a yoke or plough.’
- ‘She saw herself bound to her routine like a bullock to its yoke.’
- ‘The yoke was fastened to the pole with a complex of knots so thoroughly tangled that it was impossible to unravel.’
- ‘The only noise was the snorting of oxen as they pulled against the yoke.’
- 1.1 Used to refer to something regarded as oppressive or restrictive.‘the yoke of imperialism’
tyranny, oppression, domination, hegemony, enslavement, slavery, servitude, subjugation, subjection, bondage, serfdom, vassalagebond, tie, linkView synonyms
- ‘To those of us who have resented the yoke of parental tyranny, that doesn't sound so bad.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It's a triumphant moment of humanity unwilling to bow under the yoke of oppression.’
- ‘Most of us choose to live under the yoke of economic oppression.’
- ‘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 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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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?’
- ‘This is a time full of lessons for those who day to day languish under the oppressive yoke of capitalism.’
- ‘They have been released from the yoke of authoritarian tyranny.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The gang tries to throw off the yoke of racist oppression and control their own destinies.’
- ‘The crippling yoke of oppression has been dropped on the American neck.’
- ‘Fifty three years ago India shook off the yoke of British imperialism and became independent.’
- ‘Sure, they may have chafed under the yoke of being Jimi's ‘sidemen’, but he simply never had any better.’
- ‘The term is an antiquated yoke of oppression, politically, culturally and socially.’
- ‘We're free from the yoke of oppression.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Artistic approach to the style has been undergoing modern transformation, emerging out from under the oppressive yoke of postmodernist theory.’
- 1.2 (in ancient Rome) an arch of three spears representing a yoke, 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 yoked together.‘a yoke of oxen’
- 1.4archaic The amount of land that one pair of oxen could plough in a day.
2A part of a garment that fits over the shoulders and to which the main part of the garment is attached.‘the pinafore fell amply from a short yoke’
- ‘The club wore green guernseys with a red yoke, which was also distinctive.’
- ‘Experiment with this technique on shirt yokes and sleeve seams.’
- ‘It features a sueded finish, tailored collar with top button loop, a left chest pocket, and a double layer back yoke with extended shoulders.’
- ‘It has the right yoke, waistband and pocket details.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Eliminate the collar and finish the neckline edge with the yoke lining according to the pattern guidesheet.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He doesn't own any shiny suits with Western yokes in the back.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Teresa was wearing a simple gown of emerald green with a white yoke and a black bow just below her throat.’
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 of a rudder.
- 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.
- ‘That part of the preflight where we bring the yoke all the way back just isn't happening.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Get the yoke back and either ride it out or add power and fly out of it.’
- ‘Keep the yoke or stick full aft to minimize weight on the nosewheel.’
- ‘It still had sticks, rather than control yokes, and got most of its performance out of its light weight.’
- ‘Kelsey fought to maintain control with the yoke that was trying to shake itself out of his hands.’
- ‘Zeke clutched the yoke and throttle, while Jeff calibrated the weapons arrays.’
- ‘Gilkie found the yoke wildly bucking as he attempted to hold on to the controls.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Use rudders for heading control and only small jabs of the yoke to correct pitch and bank excursions.’
- ‘The engines were run up to 2500 rpm with the yokes held hard back and both men clinging to the bucking columns.’
- ‘We turn the control yoke just a little toward the wind and the aileron comes up a little.’
- ‘My feet and hands moved automatically, working the strafing pedals and the control yoke.’
- ‘The more tightly you grip the yoke, the greater the tendency to make unintended inputs.’
1Put a yoke on (a pair of animals); couple or attach with or to a yoke.‘a plough drawn by a camel and donkey yoked together’
harness, hitch, hitch up, couple, tether, fasten, attach, join, join up, teamView synonyms
- ‘Oxen are yoked to the plough, donkeys carry the harvest from field to village, and cows and sheep trample the grain on the threshing floor.’
- ‘The two cannot go together, and is akin to yoking a horse and a camel together.’
- ‘Because Cassius is yoked to him both in love and their deadly and momentous endeavour, he is a tragic hero too, powerless against the unbending resolve of Brutus to do what philosophy, not opportunity, dictates.’
- ‘The drover had set about yoking the oxen.’
- ‘Mismatched yet yoked together, they make a striking pair.’
- 1.1 Cause (two people or things) to be joined in a close relationship.‘Hong Kong's dollar has been yoked to America's’
- ‘The slender stories yoked together had the feel of upmarket fanzine writing.’
- ‘Limited government is a cornerstone of America's political institutions and is tightly yoked to the country's founding ideology.’
- ‘Yet, in this instance, women evidently yoked custom to modernity in order to circumvent a Christian prohibition.’
- ‘These two are modern day people with a modern day love that is yoked to older traditions they do not feel a part of.’
- ‘Individual senators have little or no incentive to yoke themselves together to advance the national interest.’
- ‘His montage was designed around the yoking of disparate objects.’
- ‘Somehow, she had full multimedia elements, which she had yoked together in just a few days.’
- ‘History is yoked with an amazing skill to personal lives.’
- ‘The second thing to consider is the very nature of the discipleship yoked upon God's people in Christ.’
- ‘Their families are left reeling, forever yoked to this grotesque event.’
- ‘The Warsaw Pact was part of a bigger imperial arrangement for yoking the East European armies to the Soviet high command.’
- ‘The occurrence of each forceful or aggressive behavior was then yoked to an appropriate response by the woman.’
- ‘Treasures in those lineages need to he safeguarded against the breakdown of the old cosmologies with which they were yoked.’
- ‘I wondered how they yoked a team of horses.’
- ‘True pastors will caution their beloved children in the gospel, not to be unequally yoked.’
- ‘Once agreement was obtained, two yoked control subjects were selected from the same school the dropout had attended.’
- ‘Privatization is an economic tool inexorably yoked to politics.’
- ‘A virtual initiation rite in postwar Italy, this is Domenico's chance to yoke himself to secure, predictable manhood.’
- ‘I think in the end my concerns of "unequal yoking" would have outweighed the free publicity such a venture generates.’
- ‘Unfortunately, it is not always, or even usually, possible to yoke self-interest into such a self-enforcing mechanism to promote moral ideals.’
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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