1A wooden crosspiece that is fastened over the necks of two animals and attached to the plow or cart that they are to pull.‘The god told him that he would meet a cow that had never borne the weight of a yoke or plough.’
harness, collar, coupling, tackle, tack, equipageView synonyms
- ‘The only noise was the snorting of oxen as they pulled against the yoke.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1Used 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
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘We're free from the yoke of oppression.’
- ‘Most of us choose to live under the yoke of economic oppression.’
- ‘The gang tries to throw off the yoke of racist oppression and control their own destinies.’
- ‘These reforms were intended to free the common man to pursue business opportunities without the oppressive yoke of high interest rates or excessive rents.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It's a triumphant moment of humanity unwilling to bow under the yoke of oppression.’
- ‘The term is an antiquated yoke of oppression, politically, culturally and socially.’
- ‘To those of us who have resented the yoke of parental tyranny, that doesn't sound so bad.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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?’
- ‘They have been released from the yoke of authoritarian tyranny.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Sure, they may have chafed under the yoke of being Jimi's ‘sidemen’, but he simply never had any better.’
- ‘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.’
- 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.’
- 1.3A pair of animals coupled together with a yoke.
- ‘a yoke of oxen’
- 1.4 archaic 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.‘the pinafore fell amply from a short yoke’
- ‘Experiment with this technique on shirt yokes and sleeve seams.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It features a sueded finish, tailored collar with top button loop, a left chest pocket, and a double layer back yoke with extended shoulders.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The club wore green guernseys with a red yoke, which was also distinctive.’
- ‘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.‘Women in brightly coloured headscarves and short Russian army boots carried pails of milk on yokes around their shoulders.’
- ‘By day he was working in a limestone quarry, carrying buckets of stones on a yoke.’
4The crossbar at the head of a rudder, to whose ends ropes are fastened.
- 4.1A bar of soft iron between the poles of an electromagnet.
5mainly North American A control lever in an aircraft.‘We turn the control yoke just a little toward the wind and the aileron comes up a little.’
- ‘It still had sticks, rather than control yokes, and got most of its performance out of its light weight.’
- ‘The control yoke must be held fully rearward to maintain the stall.’
- ‘Kelsey fought to maintain control with the yoke that was trying to shake itself out of his hands.’
- ‘Keep the yoke or stick full aft to minimize weight on the nosewheel.’
- ‘The more tightly you grip the yoke, the greater the tendency to make unintended inputs.’
- ‘Use rudders for heading control and only small jabs of the yoke to correct pitch and bank excursions.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The engines were run up to 2500 rpm with the yokes held hard back and both men clinging to the bucking columns.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Get the yoke back and either ride it out or add power and fly out of it.’
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.