Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Yo’ke (1 syl.).

E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Yo’ke (1 syl.).
Greek zugon, Latin jugum, French joug, Dutch juk, German joch, Anglo-Saxon geoc (pron. yoc).   1
   To pass under the yoke. To suffer the disgrace of a vanquished army. The Romans made a yoke of three spears—two upright and one resting on them. When an army was vanquished, the soldiers had to lay down their arms and pass under this archway of spears.   2


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