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Yoke (noun)

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Yoke. n.s. [ᵹoc, Sax. jock, Dutch; jugum, Lat. joug, Fr.]

  1. The bandage placed on the neck of draught oxen.

    Bring a red heifer, wherein is no blemish, and upon which never came yoke. Numb. xix. 2.

    A yearling bullock to thy name shall smoke,
    Untam'd, unconscious of the galling yoke.
    Pope.

  2. A mark of servitude; slavery.

    Our country sinks beneath the yoke;
    It weeps, it bleeds.
    Shakespeare's Macbeth.

    In bands of iron fetter'd you shall be;
    An easier yoke than what you put on me.
    Dryd. Aurengz.

  3. A chain; a link; a bond.

    This yoke of marriage from us both remove,
    Where two are bound to draw, though neither love.
    Dryd.

  4. A couple; two; a pair.

    Those that accuse him in his intent towards our wives, are a yoke of his discarded men. Shakespeare.

    His lands a hundred yoke of oxen till'd. Dryden's Æn.

    A yoke of mules outgoes a yoke of oxen, when set to work at the same time; for mules are swifter. Broome.

Sources: Broome, William (16) · Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Macbeth (136) · Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor (95) · The Bible - Numbers (12) · Pope, Alexander (393)

Attributes: Dutch (90) · French (385) · Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269) · Saxon (215)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Yoke (noun)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: December 20, 2013. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=6229.


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