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as in:  the yoke of bondage

They threw off the yoke of slavery.
  an oppressive burden
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  • They threw off the yoke of slavery.
  • under the yoke of a tyrant
  • O, here Will I set up my everlasting rest; And shake the yoke of inauspicious stars From this world-wearied flesh.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • I shall call to me all the men and the women whose spirit has not been killed within them and who suffer under the yoke of their brothers.
    Ayn Rand  --  Anthem

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  • I have seen the freest among you wear their freedom as a yoke and a handcuff.
    Kahlil Gibran  --  The Prophet
  • Whose souls do bear an equal yoke of love,
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • Six of the monsters were yoked like oxen, pulling a two-story-tall siege tower fitted with a giant scorpion ballista.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • Behind them came wagons drawn by slaves in harness and piled with goods of war and after that the women, perhaps a dozen in number, some of them pregnant, and lastly a supplementary consort of catamites illclothed against the cold and fitted in dogcollars and yoked each to each.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road
  • The cheating, that had been preemptive, a subconscious reaction to five years yoked to a madwoman: Of course I’d find myself attracted to an uncomplicated, good-natured hometown girl.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl

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  • "…. being ’yoked to shadow,’ whatever that means," I heard my father say as the wind died down.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • The seventh pair had a new yoke, and they looked rather stiff and tired.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
  • Be faithful, be vigilant, be untiring in your efforts to break every yoke, and let the oppressed go free.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • The horses carried it off in cart-loads, the sheep dragged single blocks, even Muriel and Benjamin yoked themselves into an old governess-cart and did their share.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • She smocked the yoke into tiny crisscrossing puckers, then shirred the rest of the bodice.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • HERMIA So will I grow, so live, so die, my lord, Ere I will yield my virgin patent up Unto his lordship, whose unwished yoke My soul consents not to give sovereignty.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • I think our country sinks beneath the yoke; It weeps, it bleeds; and each new day a gash Is added to her wounds.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • I rested my temples on the breast of temptation, and put my neck voluntarily under her yoke of flowers.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Again, when, after the battle of Mohacs, we threw off the Hungarian yoke, we of the Dracula blood were amongst their leaders, for our spirit would not brook that we were not free.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • When the officer took the yoke, Louie began tugging the chains, making the plane swoop up and down.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • ’Nobody better than you, I am persuaded,’ answered Mrs. Bumble: who did not want for spirit, as her yoke-fellow could abundantly testify.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • In that campaign, the object of the French soldier, the son of democracy, was the conquest of a yoke for others.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • There, suspended by one hand between the baggage-car and the tender, with the other he loosened the safety chains; but, owing to the traction, he would never have succeeded in unscrewing the yoking-bar, had not a violent concussion jolted this bar out.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Dreaming, perhaps, of banquets, as the starved usually do, and of ease and rest, as the driven slave and the yoked ox may, its lean inhabitants slept soundly, and were fed and freed.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Two years he had been yoked like a horse to a half-ton truck in Durham’s dark cellars, with never a rest, save on Sundays and four holidays in the year, and with never a word of thanks—only kicks and blows and curses, such as no decent dog would have stood.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Cunning cords the holy Church has, Cords of softest silk they be; Put thy neck beneath the yoke, dear; Mine will follow, thou wilt see.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Books occupied me so much that but little carpentering was done, yet I made a yoke for the oxen, a pair of cotton-wool carders, and a spinning-wheel for my wife.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • After a moment, Reba joined her, and they hummed together in perfect harmony until Pilate took the lead: O Sugarman don’t leave me here Cotton balls to choke me O Sugarman don’t leave me here Buckra’s arms to yoke me….
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • I can hear the stick striking; I can see it hitting their heads, the breast-yoke, missing altogether sometimes as they rear and plunge, but I am glad.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • The skirt is ankle-length, full, gathered to a flat yoke that extends over the breasts, the sleeves are full.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • I grew up with the yoke of apartheid around my neck in many ways, and I am extremely bitter about that.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • Hebe fitted to the tip a handsome golden yoke, and added collars all soft gold.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • I have long noted malcontents Who wagged their heads, and kicked against the yoke, Misliking these my orders, and my rule.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • But giving up that intolerable earthly yoke that some men call freedom is perhaps less painful than you think!
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Ten yokes of oxen dragging a boat with sails out of the sea in the morning with the line of the small waves breaking on the beach.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • He said he was no longer a boy, and every day made his yoke more galling.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Grant an illustrious name to me and to my children and my dear wife! A noble heifer shall be yours in sacrifice, one that no man has ever yoked or driven; my gift to you-her horns all sheathed in gold.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Tomorrow she would fit the yoke about her neck.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Eamon says, Dear Lulu, If this McCaffrey is that tall that he’s pushing his yoke against your belly button I suggest you find a smaller man who will slip it between your thighs.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • To yoke me as his yokefellow, our crimes our common cause.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Jose Arcadio had put his neck into the marital yoke.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • One longed to throw off that yoke that crushed us, all decent people among us.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • So they emancipate themselves, break the yoke of the architect, and take themselves off, each one in its own direction.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • — speaking of Brutus, And groaning underneath this age’s yoke, Have wish’d that noble Brutus had his eyes.
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • I see one of them has a large raw patch on its shoulder where the yoke has rubbed the skin off.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • He had never intended going anywhere, he had wanted to be free of progression, free of the yoke of a straight line, he had never wanted his years to add up to any sum-what had summed them up?-why had he reached some unchosen destination where one could no longer stand still or retreat?
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • But it was a foot too narrow, and the other bench in the room was about four inches higher than the planed one—so there was no yoking them.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Solomon was yoked and coupled to the capstan crank.
    Robert Newton Peck  --  A Day No Pigs Would Die
  • God’s yoke was sweet and light.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • "Paralysis" is a word that fascinates the young boy, quite apart from its meaning; he yokes it with "simony" and "gnomon" in a triad of words to obsess over.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
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