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yoke as in:  the yoke of bondage

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  • The yoke of oppression weighed heavily on the people, causing them to rise up in rebellion.
    Y—YOKE AROUND MY NECK   (source)
  • If ever there had been a time for the American worker to cast off the yoke, surely that was it.   (source)
  • For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.   (source)
    yoke = burden
  • The war left the Disputed Lands a waste, and freed Lys and Myr from the yoke.   (source)
    yoke = subjugation
  • "They pay a tribute of horses," he answered, "and send many yearly to Mordor, or so it is said; but they are not yet under the yoke."   (source)
    yoke = controlled and worked oppressively
  • My guilt was a yoke around my neck.   (source)
    yoke = oppressive burden
  • Fear of the federal yoke would produce the same resistance as the dread of a foreign yoke.   (source)
    yoke = oppressive control
  • 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.   (source)
    yoke = oppressive burden
  • 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.   (source)
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  • I have seen the freest among you wear their freedom as a yoke and a handcuff.   (source)
  • They were under a yoke, — I could free them: they were scattered, — I could reunite them: the independence, the affluence which was mine, might be theirs too.   (source)
  • It was the whaleman who first broke through the jealous policy of the Spanish crown, touching those colonies; and, if space permitted, it might be distinctly shown how from those whalemen at last eventuated the liberation of Peru, Chili, and Bolivia from the yoke of Old Spain, and the establishment of the eternal democracy in those parts.   (source)
    yoke = oppressive control
  • Meanwhile, I will try to bear up under the yoke.   (source)
    yoke = oppressive burden
  • You're going to be the one pulling this yoke, and therefore I don't have any of the pressure.   (source)
    yoke = burden
  • I'm giving it to You, and You're going to handle this stress, because You're the one who is plowing the field, and You take this yoke from me.   (source)
  • Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.   (source)
  • The yoke of poverty is a heavy burden to bear.
    yoke = oppressive burden
  • I rested my temples on the breast of temptation, and put my neck voluntarily under her yoke of flowers.   (source)
    yoke = "put my neck voluntarily under her yoke of flowers," is a metaphor for "voluntarily submitted" to temptation
  • I should suffer often, no doubt, attached to him only in this capacity: my body would be under rather a stringent yoke, but my heart and mind would be free.   (source)
    yoke = oppressive burden
  • Fifty women you have inside your house, women we've trained to do their duties well, to card the wool and bear the yoke of service.   (source)
    yoke = burden
  • Whose souls do bear an equal yoke of love,   (source)
    yoke = burden (amount of effort)
  • I think our country sinks beneath the yoke; It weeps, it bleeds; and each new day a gash Is added to her wounds.   (source)
    yoke = oppressive burden
  • groaning underneath this age's yoke,   (source)
  • O, here Will I set up my everlasting rest; And shake the yoke of inauspicious stars From this world-wearied flesh.   (source)
  • We are to eat here, he says, and he unyokes the bullocks to water them.†   (source)
    standard prefix: The prefix "un-" in unyokes means not and reverses the meaning of yokes. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.
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yoke as in:  oxen yoke

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  • A yoke was used to connect the horses, so they could pull the carriage together.
    yoke = wood framework
  • All we needed to do was follow Him—the yoke was used for leading cattle or oxen, plowing or pulling a cart.   (source)
    yoke = a wooden frame used to control beasts of burden
  • Anion stopped by the yoke, and Percy set to work with the reins and harness.   (source)
  • The seventh yoke of the first gun of the Big Gun Battery.   (source)
    yoke = paired of beasts of burden
  • Think you not then that brains, like yoked cattle, should be put to this leviathan, to make him at all budge to any landsman's imagination?   (source)
    yoked = connected by a wooden framework to pull together
  • They loaded a cart with benjo waste—to be used as fertilizer, as was customary in Japan—then yoked themselves to the cart like oxen and pulled it to and from the farm.†   (source)
  • The next day he fetched the other pony and filled a yoked cart with supplies and the three of them walked back to his crude homestead, Schultz on foot, reins in hand, and the ponies in harness behind as they drew the cart along and listened to the creak of the dry axle.†   (source)
  • But in reality, a large number of men yoked by severe discipline can also produce great wisdom when bound together as one.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • And maybe there's a value to being yoked to your enemies.†   (source)
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  • 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.†   (source)
  • "...being 'yoked to shadow,' whatever that means," I heard my father say as the wind died down.†   (source)
  • Although they seemed to ignore what both of them knew and what each one knew that the other knew, from that night on they were yoked together in an inviolable complicity.†   (source)
  • A pair of old water buffalo stood at the center of the clearing, both yoked up to a large slat-cart.†   (source)
  • What if, after having come into the presence of God, in voiceless perfection, in the perpetual stillness that is yoked to perpetual movement, you asked nonetheless to be released, to go back, to descend, to go down, to revert.†   (source)
  • Solomon was yoked and coupled to the capstan crank.†   (source)
  • I heard a chain dragging along the ground, and a yoke of the great sulky white bullocks that drag the heavy siege guns when the elephants won't go any nearer to the firing, came shouldering along together.   (source)
    yoke = a wooden frame to join beasts of burden so they pull together
  • To put all twenty yoke of us to the big gun as soon as Two Tails trumpets.   (source)
    yoke = pairs of connected animals
  • The yoke snapped with a twang, and they lumbered off together.   (source)
    yoke = the wooden framework that connects two animals so they can pull together
  • The seventh pair had a new yoke, and they looked rather stiff and tired.   (source)
  • Make way there—way for the twenty yoke Of the Forty-Pounder train!   (source)
    yoke = pairs of connected animals
  • They plunged forward in the mud, and managed somehow to run their yoke on the pole of an ammunition wagon, where it jammed.   (source)
    yoke = the wooden framework that connects two animals so they can pull together
  • Children of the Camp are we,
    Serving each in his degree;
    Children of the yoke and goad,
    Pack and harness, pad and load!   (source)
    yoke = a wooden frame used to control beasts of burden
  • Children of the Camp are we,
    Serving each in his degree;
    Children of the yoke and goad,
    Pack and harness, pad and load.   (source)
  • Then the big guns came by, and I saw Two Tails and two other elephants harnessed in line to a forty-pounder siege gun, while twenty yoke of oxen walked behind.   (source)
    yoke = pairs of connected animals
  • We go across the level plain, twenty yoke of us, till we are unyoked again, and we graze while the big guns talk across the plain to some town with mud walls, and pieces of the wall fall out, and the dust goes up as though many cattle were coming home.   (source)
  • We go across the level plain, twenty yoke of us, till we are unyoked again, and we graze while the big guns talk across the plain to some town with mud walls, and pieces of the wall fall out, and the dust goes up as though many cattle were coming home.   (source)
    unyoked = unharnessed
  • I, too, want a harpoon made; one that a thousand yoke of fiends could not part, Perth; something that will stick in a whale like his own fin-bone.   (source)
    yoke = pair
  • Still again both seemed yoked together, and an unseen tyrant driving them; the lean shade siding the solid rib.   (source)
    yoked = connected
  • 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.   (source)
    yoking = connecting
  • With one foot on each prow of the yoked war-canoes, the Lakeman laughed him to scorn; assuring him that if the pistol so much as clicked in the lock, he would bury him in bubbles and foam.   (source)
    yoked = connected
  • Because, as has been elsewhere noticed, those whales, influenced by some views to safety, now swim the seas in immense caravans, so that to a large degree the scattered solitaries, yokes, and pods, and schools of other days are now aggregated into vast but widely separated, unfrequent armies.   (source)
    yokes = pairs
  • Tied by the head to the stern, and by the tail to the bows, the whale now lies with its black hull close to the vessel's and seen through the darkness of the night, which obscured the spars and rigging aloft, the two——ship and whale, seemed yoked together like colossal bullocks, whereof one reclines while the other remains standing.   (source)
    yoked = connected
  • The black crosses of the old telegraph poles yoked across the constellations passing east to west.†   (source)
  • Right away quick we got Bob and Bib yoked and bowed.†   (source)
  • But he could not respond as he would have liked, because then his heart played one of those whorish tricks that only hearts can play: it revealed to him that he and this man, whom he had always considered his personal enemy, were victims of the same fate and shared the hazards of a common passion; they were two animals yoked together.†   (source)
  • So the pair of buffalo were yoked up and harnessed, a few prized belongings were packed, and early one morning the girl and her two aunts began the journey west.†   (source)
  • Six of the monsters were yoked like oxen, pulling a two-story-tall siege tower fitted with a giant scorpion ballista.†   (source)
  • Yoked at length to its sluggish mate, it puffed briskly out into the river, gathered momentum.†   (source)
  • Then there were the fields to plant for winter wheat again, and when he had yoked the ox and ploughed the land the woman followed behind with her hoe and broke the clods in the furrows.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • She muttered as if drugged as he touched her, turned toward him, and sleepily awakened, drew him down to her with heavied and sensual caress, yoked under her big coppery arms.†   (source)
  • I didn't believe It was in his mind, galloping in yoked and headlong paradox with the need for haste while he helped the old doctor hunt for the key to the strongbox in order to get the switch key for the car.†   (source)
  • On the morning of his departure for home, when his carriage was ready, the cart covered with tarpaulins and the oxen yoked, Father Vaillant, who had been hurrying everyone since the first streak of light, suddenly became deliberate.†   (source)
  • He put his hoe upon his shoulder and he walked to his plots of land and he cultivated the rows of grain, and he yoked the ox to the plow and he ploughed the western field for garlic and onions.†   (source)
  • Then, quite beyond reason, Harry and Max yoked in a plunging team, Eugene in the driver's seat, they would leap out through the narrow door, gallop perilously to a neighbor's house, throw up ladders, open windows, effect entries, extinguish imaginary flames, and return oblivious to the shrieking indictment of the housewife.†   (source)
  • He was as awkward between its shafts as an ox yoked for the first time to the plow, and he could scarcely walk; yet must he run if he were to earn his living, for here and there and everywhere through the streets of this city men ran as they pulled other men in these.†   (source)
  • We eat till we are yoked up again and tug the gun back to where Two Tails is waiting for it.†   (source)
  • The younger had always worn a yoke; but is there any yoked creature without its private opinions?†   (source)
  • Do you really know any others who have it?" she rallied him, with a rippling flow of laughter, her features concentrated, yoked to the service of her animation, her eyes sparkling, blazing with a radiant sunshine of gaiety which could be kindled only by such speeches—even if the Princess had to make them herself—as were in praise of h wit or of her beauty.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • We'll never understand each other, never; and it's madness for us to debate—to lie together in a hot bed in a creepy room—enemies, yoked.†   (source)
  • Are they yoked?†   (source)
  • A few even forgot their collars; but the equipage of the prefect seemed to anticipate the crowd, and the two yoked jades, trapesing in their harness, came up at a little trot in front of the peristyle of the town hall at the very moment when the National Guard and firemen deployed, beating drums and marking time.†   (source)
  • We took up our line of march and passed out of Cambenet at noon; and it seemed to me unaccountably strange and odd that the King of England and his chief minister, marching manacled and fettered and yoked, in a slave convoy, could move by all manner of idle men and women, and under windows where sat the sweet and the lovely, and yet never attract a curious eye, never provoke a single remark.†   (source)
  • After a long spell of effort, I succeeded in getting my cart righted, my oxen disentangled, and again yoked to the cart.†   (source)
  • Then we yoked Storm and Grumble to the serpent, and dragged it to a convenient distance from Rockburg, where the process of skinning, stuffing, and sewing up again afforded occupation of the deepest interest to the boys for several days.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • It was beautiful to behold the many-yoked grain and cotton wagons crawling over the country roads: one could hear their axles, complaining a mile away, coming nearer, till with shouts and yells and bad words they climbed up the steep incline and plunged on to the hard main road, carter reviling carter.†   (source)
  • Under the first galling pressure of foreseen difficulties, and the first perception that his marriage, if it were not to be a yoked loneliness, must be a state of effort to go on loving without too much care about being loved, he had once or twice tried a dose of opium.†   (source)
  • The fifth to enter was Meriones, and he now yoked his team.†   (source)
  • Then yoking mules and oxen to their wagons the people thronged before the city gates.†   (source)
  • yoking the Trojan horses he had taken from Aineias when Apollo saved the man.†   (source)
  • Automedon yoked the fast horses for him— Xanthos and Balios, racers of wind.†   (source)
  • For my part I shall offer at your altar a virgin heifer, a yearling, never yoked, her horns all sheathed in gold.†   (source)
  • Hermes yoked the mules and horses, took the reins, then inland like the wind he drove through all the encampment, seen by no one.†   (source)
  • Automedon and Alkimos with swift hands yoked his team, making firm the collars on the horses, placing the bits between their teeth, and pulling reins to the war-car.†   (source)
  • The first dawn, brightening sea and shore, became familiar to him, as at that hour he yoked his team, with Hektor tied behind, to drag him out, three times around Patroklos' tomb.†   (source)
  • So the impatient king and his sage crier had their animals yoked in the palace yard when Hekabe in her agitation joined them, carrying in her right hand a golden cup of honeyed wine, with which, before they left, they might make offering.†   (source)
  • They loosed the sweating team from under the yoke,   (source)
    yoke = a wooden frame to join beasts of burden so they pull together
  • But now, as she was about to fold her clothes and yoke the mules and turn for home again,   (source)
    yoke = connect to a wooden framework to control beasts of burden as they work
  • men like gods, released the mules from the yoke and brought the clothes indoors   (source)
    yoke = a wooden frame used to control beasts of burden
  • …shaking the yoke across their shoulders all day long.   (source)
    yoke = a wooden framework used to connect horses so they can pull together as a team
  • Zeus, the Old Thunderer, robs a man of half his virtue the day the yoke clamps down around his neck.   (source)
    yoke = (metaphorically) heavy wooden framework used to control beasts of burden
  • —they loosed the mules, out from under the wagon yoke, and chased them down the river's rippling banks to graze on luscious clover.   (source)
    yoke = a wooden frame to join beasts of burden so they pull together
  • They listened closely, snapped to his commands and hitched a rapid team to a chariot's yoke in haste.   (source)
    yoke = a wooden frame used to join horses so they pull together
  • He cracked the lash and the horses broke quickly, careering through the city out into open country, shaking the yoke across their shoulders all day long.   (source)
    yoke = a wooden framework used to connect horses so they can pull together as a team
  • She held back the night, and night lingered long at the western edge of the earth, while in the east she reined in Dawn of the golden throne at Ocean's banks, commanding her not to yoke the windswift team that brings men light, Blaze and Aurora, the young colts that race the Morning on.   (source)
    yoke = harness
  • Long as morning rose and the blessed day grew stronger we stood and fought them off, massed as they were, but then, when the sun wheeled past the hour for unyoking oxen, the Cicones broke our lines and beat us down at last.   (source)
    unyoking = removing the framework used to control beasts of burden while working
  • O Cassius, you are yoked with a lamb
    That carries anger as the flint bears fire;
    Who, much enforced, shows a hasty spark,
    And straight is cold again.   (source)
    yoked = joined
  • And I will make you a sacrifice, a yearling heifer
    broad in the brow, unbroken, never yoked by men.†   (source)
  • Seeing the man go down, dying, gasping for breath,
    she clings for dear life, screams and shrills—
    but the victors, just behind her,
    digging spear-butts into her back and shoulders,
    drag her off in bondage, yoked to hard labor, pain,
    and the most heartbreaking torment wastes her cheeks.†   (source)
  • When young Dawn with her rose-red fingers shone once more
    they yoked their pair again, mounted the blazoned car
    and out through the gates and echoing colonnade
    they whipped the team to a run and on they flew,
    holding nothing back, approaching Pylos soon,
    the craggy citadel.†   (source)
  • They reached out for the good things that lay at hand
    and once they'd put aside desire for food and drink,
    Prince Telemachus and the gallant son of Nestor
    yoked their team, mounted the blazoned car
    and drove through the gates and echoing colonnade.†   (source)
  • When young Dawn with her rose-red fingers shone once more
    they yoked their pair again, mounted the blazoned car
    and out through the gates and echoing colonnade
    they whipped the team to a run and on they flew,
    holding nothing back—and the princes reached
    the wheatlands, straining now for journey's end,
    so fast those purebred stallions raced them on
    as the sun sank and the roads of the world grew dark.†   (source)
  • As I was returning to my village I fell in on the road with this good dame, and the devil who makes a coil and a mess out of everything, yoked us together.†   (source)
  • 1) Many wonders there be, but naught more wondrous than man; Over the surging sea, with a whitening south wind wan, Through the foam of the firth, man makes his perilous way; And the eldest of deities Earth that knows not toil nor decay Ever he furrows and scores, as his team, year in year out, With breed of the yoked horse, the ploughshare turneth about.†   (source)
  • Love is your master, for he masters you; And he that is so yoked by a fool, Methinks, should not be chronicled for wise.†   (source)
  • And now, this ill-yoked pair, this lean shadow and this fat substance, have prompted me to write, whose assistance shall I invoke to direct my pen?†   (source)
  • The carter yoked his oxen and made Don Quixote comfortable on a truss of hay, and at his usual deliberate pace took the road the curate directed, and at the end of six days they reached Don Quixote's village, and entered it about the middle of the day, which it so happened was a Sunday, and the people were all in the plaza, through which Don Quixote's cart passed.†   (source)
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  • During the flight, they sat him in the copilot's seat while Louie hid under the navigator's table, next to the chains that linked the plane's yokes to the control surfaces.†   (source)
  • When he saw what was coming, he hopped off the yoke and walked alongside.†   (source)
  • She was wearing wool slacks and a beautiful sweater with an elaborate snowflake pattern around the yoke.†   (source)
  • Pushing his beak through the hole, he pulled out morsels of white and yoke.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Chacko lifted the fried eggs onto the toast, broke the brilliant, wobbling yokes and spread them over the strawberry jam with the back of his teaspoon.†   (source)
  • I could feel the 1.7-standard gravity on my shoulders like the yoke of my workout machine.†   (source)
  • Just having the tickets in hand lifted a yoke from our shoulders.†   (source)
  • "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.†   (source)
  • He would not simply free the Israelites from a foreign yoke, he would save all mankind from sin and blame—and not least, from death.†   (source)
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  • Like a wagon on the road when its yoke has split, I stand immobile on the road.†   (source)
  • Mrs. Rodius explained that she and Yoke had become friends.†   (source)
  • Ryan pushed forward on the yoke.†   (source)
  • Jose Arcadio had put his neck into the marital yoke.†   (source)
  • I grew up with the yoke of apartheid around my neck in many ways, and I am extremely bitter about that.†   (source)
  • The only person not to be found anywhere was the count, who had taken advantage of the tumult to pack his bags, yoke the horses to his carriage, and leave discreetly for the hotel in town.†   (source)
  • Oscar and Lieutenant Corson harnessed up the water buffalo, backing it into its yoke, and Eddie was busy tying rucksacks and sleeping gear to the cart.†   (source)
  • Hanging from the yoke was a sign that read: ONLY ONE LEFT IN STOCK.†   (source)
  • If she only knew how tormented he was by uninvited images: Hema in bridal sari weighed down with ten-sovereign gold necklace; Hema seated next to ugly groom, garlands piled around their necks like the yoke on water buffalo ...."Go ahead!†   (source)
  • Cat 'e no yoke.†   (source)
  • Sugargirl don't leave me here/ Cotton balls to choke me/Sugargirl don't leave me here/ Buckra's arms to yoke me.†   (source)
  • Poor girl, she herself was suffering cruelly enough beneath the same yoke she had helped to lay on the children.†   (source)
  • With the sleds and eighty yoke of oxen, he was now ready to push on.†   (source)
  • Working this hard to improve life in their village, rather than chasing the inscrutable goals of foreign climbers, was a pleasure, Twaha told Mortenson, grinning up from under the yoke beside his father.†   (source)
  • Both of the city dwellers carried yokes on their shoulders with buckets of fresh milk hanging off the ends.†   (source)
  • For, beloved friends, remember that God states in the Bible, 'My yoke is easy and my burden is light.'†   (source)
  • Was this her idea of "throwing off the yoke of oppressor man?"†   (source)
  • 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?†   (source)
  • Nelson tightens his grip on the reins and braces himself against the yoke.†   (source)
  • As one, the peasants rushed forward, their eyes not on the patient, but on the money, their hats flying in the wind, their yokes forgotten.†   (source)
  • With the city off to one side and the moon directly above, I hope I don't walk crookedly, like a Dutch milkmaid with one bucket at the end of her yoke and the other balanced on her head.†   (source)
  • In a clock tick, the future was no longer a kingdom of possibility and wonder, but a yoke of obligation—and only the unattainable past offered a hospitable place to live.†   (source)
  • We're going to yoke us up next to Solomon?†   (source)
  • As soon as the animals had drunk he put the yoke back.†   (source)
  • The saddle rigs were complex; each pair of legs had a leather yoke over it and the load was distributed by poles flexing laterally, one on each side, and mounted on this was a chair with a back, a padded seat, and arm rests.†   (source)
  • No, it's all right, I thought the yoke puckered a bit.†   (source)
  • The cart was two petrol drums lashed to a frame, and in front the disselboom rested on yokes on the necks of the big powerful beasts.†   (source)
  • Holmes and Yoke had stayed at the Walker House: "G. Howe and wife, Columbus."†   (source)
  • In another entry he described a visit from his latest wife, Georgiana Yoke.†   (source)
  • He believed this woman could be Holmes's latest wife, Georgiana Yoke.†   (source)
  • Meester Pigvig, 'e vant you t'ink all vun peeg yoke; make you prave.†   (source)
  • He walked round the barn a yoke of times, and come to a final rest on the South side of it.†   (source)
  • I see one of them has a large raw patch on its shoulder where the yoke has rubbed the skin off.†   (source)
  • She had filled two buckets and hung them on a yoke across her left shoulder.†   (source)
  • Always wanted a yoke of matched Holstein oxen to take to Rutland.†   (source)
  • Papa had gone to the barn to yoke Solomon, to drive me to the Tanner place.†   (source)
  • Then I went round to the tackroorn to get his yoke and stays.†   (source)
  • I can't put the yoke up on his shoulders by myself.†   (source)
  • Mr. Tanner nodded to a yoke of Herefords and said they'd weigh up about a ton each.†   (source)
  • Papa clucked to Solomon and he leaned into yoke.†   (source)
  • I kissed each one of them on the brow, and went outside to yoke up the ox.†   (source)
  • "I can yoke our ox by myself, too," I said.†   (source)
  • It was all I could do to get the yoke on him.†   (source)
  • The yoke was solid hickory and it weighed near as much as me.†   (source)
  • They backed into me, and started fighting the yoke.†   (source)
  • The small of his back narrowed into his belt, then there was just a little swell, nicely defined by the back yoke and the pockets.†   (source)
  • They chugged around to the front of the barn, where Claude set the chainsaw and gasoline in the wagon and stepped onto the yoke.†   (source)
  • Ryan pushed the yoke to the stops.†   (source)
  • His father swung the yoke into place and dropped the hitch pin through and slid onto the seat beside him.†   (source)
  • Geyer showed his photographs to the hotel's proprietor, a Mrs. Rodius, who recognized Holmes and Yoke but not the children.†   (source)
  • He brought along his assistant, Benjamin Pitezel, and his new fiancée, the small and pretty Miss Georgiana Yoke.†   (source)
  • Holmes, newly free and land rich, brought a new woman to the fair, Georgiana Yoke, whom he had met earlier in the year at a department store, Schlesinger & Meyer, where she worked as a saleswoman.†   (source)
  • In one conversation Yoke had told her that her husband was "a very wealthy man, and that he owned real estate and cattle ranches in Texas; also had considerable real estate in Berlin, Germany, where they intended to go as soon as her husband could get his business affairs into shape to leave."†   (source)
  • Once again he picked up the children's trail and the parallel registrations of Holmes and Yoke, but now he discovered something even stranger—that during this same period Carrie Pitezel and her two other children, Dessie and baby Wharton, had also checked into a Detroit hotel, this one called Geis's Hotel.†   (source)
  • He was soon absorbed in all manner of projects and improvements, working with several hired men—" the help," as New Englanders said—building stone walls, digging up stumps, carting manure, plowing with six yoke of oxen, planting corn and potatoes.†   (source)
  • O Solomon don't leave me here Cotton balls to choke me O Solomon don't leave me here Buckra's arms to yoke me Solomon done fly, Solomon done gone Solomon cut across the sky, Solomon gone home.†   (source)
  • Resourceful, handy with tools, they could drive a yoke of oxen or "hove up" a stump or tie a proper knot as readily as butcher a hog or mend a pair of shoes.†   (source)
  • It was Pedro Tercero Garcia, who hadn't wanted to miss his grandfather's funeral and took advantage of the borrowed cassock to harangue the workers house by house, explaining that the coming elections were their chance to shake off the yoke under which they had always lived.†   (source)
  • In answering its summons, I slipped the yoke back around my neck; indeed, I welcomed my slavish existence as a surgical resident, the never-ending work, the crises that kept me in the present, the immersion in blood, pus, and tears—the fluids in which one dissolved all traces of self.†   (source)
  • He walks to the inside of the road, guiding them with his right hand, holding the reins to the side of the yoke.†   (source)
  • 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.... When the two women got to the chorus, Hagar raised her head and sang too.†   (source)
  • "I should have got here by morning ....if only this bullock had kept better pace—" He leaped down and lifted the yoke preparatory to watering his animals.†   (source)
  • Instead, he found he had only exchanged the oppression of the former state for the new, much harsher yoke of the revolutionary superstate.†   (source)
  • The bullocks have found their own rhythm now, moving so that their hoofs strike the earth together and the yoke is borne steadily on their shoulders: we are travelling fast.†   (source)
  • Here she squatted quickly, setting the pails on the earth floor, took the yoke off her shoulder, straightened up, and dried her hands with a small handkerchief.†   (source)
  • So we stopped to look at the toy and indeed it was a pretty thing, lovingly made and exactly like a real cart, the wood skilfully carved, with painted spokes to the wheels and a yoke which moved on the necks of the painted oxen.†   (source)
  • He strapped the yoke to the, shafts, wound the slack and knotted the end of the metal-studded strap around one of them, then, one leg braced against the horse's flank, pulled the two ends of the stiff collar tight and fastened them.†   (source)
  • It's so strange that these people who once liberated mankind from the yoke of idolatry, and so many of whom now devote themselves to its liberation from injustice, should be incapable of liberating themselves from their loyalty to an obsolete, antediluvian identity that has lost all meaning, that they should not rise above themselves and dissolve among all the rest whose religion they have founded and who would be so close to them, if they knew them better.†   (source)
  • "Haven Peck," said Mr. Tanner, "what I really come here for is to ask you to help me yoke these two demons come fall.†   (source)
  • I cut a fresh sassafras tree and prepared it so as it could boil into a new bow for Solomon's yoke, and bored a hole in both ends for the cotter pins.†   (source)
  • If they judge hogs and judge oxen at the same time, your place is with Tanner's yoke and not your own pig.†   (source)
  • From the town of Learning, a perfect yoke of matched yearlings by name of Bob and Bib, owned by Mr. Benjamin Franklin Tanner, and worked in the ring by Mr. Robert Peck.†   (source)
  • One fair afternoon, as if to clear their heads, Adams and two or three others climbed the bell tower of Christ Church, up a series of dimly lit, narrow ladders, past the great bells in their yokes, to a point a hundred feet aboveground, where a trap door led to the open air of the arched lantern, above which rose the church spire.†   (source)
  • Peasants, mainly old women," trudged along the borders of the pavement, their outsized, widebrimmed black hats shielding withered faces from the sun, yokes spread across ancient shoulders supporting baskets of produce.†   (source)
  • At the squares, women who had no wells in their yards were queueing up for water at the old pumps, their yokes and buckets on the ground beside them.†   (source)
  • Tomorrow she would fit the yoke about her neck.†   (source)
  • The tracks lay before him-not in double rows now but in a single yoke.†   (source)
  • The yoke was set with chrysolites and jewels.†   (source)
  • It is looking to the day when it shall have all mankind under the yoke of Krupp and Kultur.†   (source)
  • Upon his plow and upon the ox's yoke and upon the two buckets in which he carried his fertilizer and his water, upon each of these he pasted a square.†   (source)
  • I would wish him three crowns rather than one, And as for the bishops, it is not my yoke That is laid upon them, or mine to revoke.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Not that stupid shrewdness half instinct and half belief in luck, and half muscular habit of the senses and nerves of the gambler waiting to take what he can from what he sees, but a certain reserved and inflexible pessimism stripped long generations ago of all the rubbish and claptrap of people (yes, Sutpen and Henry and the Coldfields too) who have not quite yet emerged from barbarism, who two thousand years hence will still be throwing triumphantly off the yoke of Latin culture and intelligence of which they were never in any great permanent danger to begin with.†   (source)
  • At their feet they could see the grass of the outer bailey—it was horrible looking down on it—and a small foreshortened man, with two buckets on a yoke, making his way across to the menagerie.†   (source)
  • It had been a misdoubtful night, with the storm making; a night when a fellow looks for most anything to happen before he can get the stock fed and himself to the house and supper et and in bed with the rain starting, and when Peabody's team come up, lathered, with the broke harness dragging and the neck-yoke betwixt the off critter's legs, Cora says "It's Addie Bundren.†   (source)
  • Wang Lung had been struck with its strong neck and noticed at once the sturdy pulling of its shoulder against the wooden yoke and he called out, "That is a worthless ox!†   (source)
  • As she stood there, it seemed as though a yoke descended heavily upon her neck, felt as though a heavy load were harnessed to it, a load she would feel as soon as she took a step.†   (source)
  • And Wang Lung went again into the town and he bought pork fat and white sugar and the woman rendered the fat smooth and white and she took rice flour, which they had ground from their own rice between their millstones to which they could yoke the ox when they needed to do so, and she took the fat and the sugar and she mixed and kneaded rich New Year's cakes, called moon cakes, such as were eaten in the House of Hwang.†   (source)
  • I'll tell him I'm ready for the yoke—only give me back Fay—and—and I'll marry Tull!†   (source)
  • "What is that?" it sounded like, "—cut-yoke—sack-back—"†   (source)
  • What man's law shall bind you if you break your yoke but upon no man's prison door?†   (source)
  • What of the ox who loves his yoke and deems the elk and deer of the forest stray and vagrant things?†   (source)
  • The younger had always worn a yoke; but is there any yoked creature without its private opinions?†   (source)
  • Nay, nay, I'll never slip my neck out o' the yoke, and leave the load to be drawn by the weak uns.†   (source)
  • 'So would I,' said Miss Ledrook; 'I would rather court the yoke than shun it.†   (source)
  • His yoke-steeds, it was observed, were black, while the trace-mates were snow-white.†   (source)
  • 'Call him forth and I will give him a bond on my best yoke, so that the child is cured.'†   (source)
  • He said he was no longer a boy, and every day made his yoke more galling.†   (source)
  • One longed to throw off that yoke that crushed us, all decent people among us.†   (source)
  • God's yoke was sweet and light.†   (source)
  • The Mormon creed might survive, but that part of it which was an affront to nature, a horrible yoke on women's necks, was doomed.†   (source)
  • But the godly farmers hitched ninety yoke of oxen to the abolition schoolhouse and dragged it into the middle of the swamp.†   (source)
  • The country children thereabouts wore their dresses to their shoe-tops, but this city child was dressed in what was then called the "Kate Greenaway" manner, and her red cashmere frock, gathered full from the yoke, came almost to the floor.†   (source)
  • 'The unwieldy old man, lowering his big forehead like an ox under a yoke, made an effort to rise, clutching at the flintlock pistols on his knees.†   (source)
  • —Well, I suppose that doesn't interest you, but leastways there was such noise after the match that I missed the train home and I couldn't get any kind of a yoke to give me a lift for, as luck would have it, there was a mass meeting that same day over in Castletownroche and all the cars in the country were there.†   (source)
  • The answers of these Mormon women had been not altogether unexpected by him, but once spoken in cold blood under oath, how tragic, how appallingly significant of the shadow, the mystery, the yoke that bound them!†   (source)
  • Then a few lights twinkled in the darkness that enveloped the cabins; a woman's laugh strangely broke the silence, profaning it, giving the lie to that somber yoke which seemed to consist of the very shadows; the voices of men were heard, and then the slow clip-clop of trotting horses on the hard trail.†   (source)
  • And you receivers — and you are all receivers — assume no weight of gratitude, lest you lay a yoke upon yourself and upon him who gives.†   (source)
  • It appeared to me, on the contrary, that they attach a sort of pride to the voluntary surrender of their own will, and make it their boast to bend themselves to the yoke, not to shake it off.†   (source)
  • So they emancipate themselves, break the yoke of the architect, and take themselves off, each one in its own direction.†   (source)
  • But giving up that intolerable earthly yoke that some men call freedom is perhaps less painful than you think!†   (source)
  • There'll maybe come a time when you may make him feel; it'll never come to me; I'n got my head under the yoke.†   (source)
  • "Well, dearest, to-morrow you must be on the look-out, and go and see her, mind, whether she asks you or no," Rebecca said, trying to soothe her angry yoke-mate.†   (source)
  • On the other hand, I am convinced that democratic nations are most exposed to fall beneath the yoke of a central administration, for several reasons, amongst which is the following.†   (source)
  • Oh, my prostrate friends, with the galling yoke of tyrants on your necks and the iron foot of despotism treading down your fallen forms into the dust of the earth, upon which right glad would your oppressors be to see you creeping on your bellies all the days of your lives, like the serpent in the garden — oh, my brothers, and shall I as a man not add, my sisters too, what do you say, now, o†   (source)
  • The serf, in the period of serfdom, raised himself to membership in the commune, just as the petty bourgeois, under the yoke of feudal absolutism, managed to develop into a bourgeois.†   (source)
  • The yoke a man creates for himself by wrong-doing will breed hate in the kindliest nature; and the good-humoured, affectionate-hearted Godfrey Cass was fast becoming a bitter man, visited by cruel wishes, that seemed to enter, and depart, and enter again, like demons who had found in him a ready-garnished home.†   (source)
  • As they pursued their walk in silence, under the row of houses, where the deeper gloom of the evening effectually concealed their persons, no sound reached them, excepting the slow tread of a yoke of oxen, with the rattling of j a cart, that were moving along the street in the same direction with themselves, The figure of the teamster was just discernible by the dim light, lounging by the side of his cattle with a listless air, as if fatigued by the toil of the day.†   (source)
  • 'Nobody better than you, I am persuaded,' answered Mrs. Bumble: who did not want for spirit, as her yoke-fellow could abundantly testify.†   (source)
  • Cassy had always kept over Legree the kind of influence that a strong, impassioned woman can ever keep over the most brutal man; but, of late, she had grown more and more irritable and restless, under the hideous yoke of her servitude, and her irritability, at times, broke out into raving insanity; and this liability made her a sort of object of dread to Legree, who had that superstitious horror of insane persons which is common to coarse and uninstructed minds.†   (source)
  • "Ay, noble sir," said Wamba, "and thence goes the proverb— 'Norman saw on English oak, On English neck a Norman yoke; Norman spoon in English dish, And England ruled as Normans wish; Blithe world to England never will be more, Till England's rid of all the four.'†   (source)
  • In that campaign, the object of the French soldier, the son of democracy, was the conquest of a yoke for others.†   (source)
  • If Texas became peopled with an American population; it was by no contrivance of our government, but on the express invitation of that of Mexico herself; accompanied with such guaranties of State independence, and the maintenance of a federal system analogous to our own, as constituted a compact fully justifying the strongest measures of redress on the part of those afterwards deceived in this guaranty, and sought to be enslaved under the yoke imposed by its violation.†   (source)
  • the weary wanderer's rest, Give me thy easy yoke to bear; With steadfast patience arm my breast, With spotless love and holy fear.†   (source)
  • Meanwhile Cedric and Athelstane, the leaders of the troop, conversed together on the state of the land, on the dissensions of the royal family, on the feuds and quarrels among the Norman nobles, and on the chance which there was that the oppressed Saxons might be able to free themselves from the yoke of the Normans, or at least to elevate themselves into national consequence and independence, during the civil convulsions which were likely to ensue.†   (source)
  • In the garden, near the railing on the street, there was a stone bench, screened from the eyes of the curious by a plantation of yoke-elms, but which could, in case of necessity, be reached by an arm from the outside, past the trees and the gate.†   (source)
  • For myself, when I feel the hand of power lie heavy on my brow, I care but little to know who oppresses me; and I am not the more disposed to pass beneath the yoke, because it is held out to me by the arms of a million of men.†   (source)
  • unfortunate officer, and that she had never ceased to think about Jos from the very first day she had seen him, though, of course, her duties as a married woman were paramount—duties which she had always preserved, and would, to her dying day, or until the proverbially bad climate in which Colonel Crawley was living should release her from a yoke which his cruelty had rendered odious to her.†   (source)
  • He believed himself free; and to have him brought under the yoke of slavery, would be more than I could bear.†   (source)
  • Lydgate was bowing his neck under the yoke like a creature who had talons, but who had Reason too, which often reduces us to meekness.†   (source)
  • It is a wonderful subduer, this need of love,—this hunger of the heart,—as peremptory as that other hunger by which Nature forces us to submit to the yoke, and change the face of the world.†   (source)
  • All ages have furnished the spectacle of a people struggling with energy to win its independence; and the efforts of the Americans in throwing off the English yoke have been considerably exaggerated.†   (source)
  • I tell thee these thy sons of the Desert, though they have separately the speed of eagles and the endurance of lions, will fail if they are not trained to run together under the yoke.†   (source)
  • We are often startled by the severity of mild people on exceptional occasions; the reason is, that mild people are most liable to be under the yoke of traditional impressions.†   (source)
  • When America was struggling in the high cause of independence to throw off the yoke of another country, and when it was about to usher a new nation into the world, the spirits of its inhabitants were roused to the height which their great efforts required.†   (source)
  • The feeblest member of a family—the one who has the least character—is often the merest epitome of the family habits and traditions; and Mrs. Tulliver was a thorough Dodson, though a mild one, as small-beer, so long as it is anything, is only describable as very weak ale: and though she had groaned a little in her youth under the yoke of her elder sisters, and still shed occasional tears at their sisterly reproaches, it was not in Mrs. Tulliver to be an innovator on the family ideas.†   (source)
  • Surely, if you credited one half the truths that are told you concerning the helpless millions suffering in this cruel bondage, you at the north would not help to tighten the yoke.†   (source)
  • Jean Valjean described many and varied labyrinths in the Mouffetard quarter, which was already asleep, as though the discipline of the Middle Ages and the yoke of the curfew still existed; he combined in various manners, with cunning strategy, the Rue Censier and the Rue Copeau, the Rue du Battoir-Saint-Victor and the Rue du Puits l'Ermite.†   (source)
  • Wanting to hitch up, the masters pinned a narrow wooden yoke, or cross-tree, near the end of the pole, and, by straps passed through rings at the end of the yoke, buckled the latter to the collar.†   (source)
  • His was one of the natures in which conscience gets the more active when the yoke of life ceases to gall them.†   (source)
  • There are traditions still extant among the people of Slavs of the true faith suffering under the yoke of the 'unclean sons of Hagar.'†   (source)
  • Often the lama made the living pictures the matter of his text, bidding Kim—too ready—note how the flesh takes a thousand shapes, desirable or detestable as men reckon, but in truth of no account either way; and how the stupid spirit, bond-slave to the Hog, the Dove, and the Serpent—lusting after betel-nut, a new yoke of oxen, women, or the favour of kings—is bound to follow the body through all the Heavens and all the Hells, and strictly round again.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Either you slip out of service altogether, and become good for nothing, or you wear the harness and draw a good deal where your yoke-fellows pull you.†   (source)
  • Next he brought the horses, and, hitching them to the chariot, drove to the field of exercise, where, hour after hour, he practised them in movement under the yoke.†   (source)
  • She liked to feel that this strong, skilful, keen-eyed man was in her power, and would have been indignant if he had shown the least sign of slipping from under the yoke of her coquettish tyranny and attaching himself to the gentle Mary Burge, who would have been grateful enough for the most trifling notice from him.†   (source)
  • This liberty is maintained in a way of subjection to authority; and the authority set over you will, in all administrations for your good, be quietly submitted unto by all but such as have a disposition to shake off the yoke and lose their true liberty, by their murmuring at the honor and power of authority.†   (source)
  • Mrs. Tulliver, always borne down by the family predominance of sister Jane, who had made her wear the yoke of a younger sister in very tender years, said pleadingly: "I'm sure, sister, I've never asked anybody to do anything, only buy things as it 'ud be a pleasure to 'em to have, so as they mightn't go and be spoiled i' strange houses.†   (source)
  • It had been my intention to bring a piece of land under cultivation before the next rainy season, to be sown with different sorts of grain; but many unforeseen circumstances had intervened to hinder this, and our animals, unaccustomed to the yoke, were not available for the plough.†   (source)
  • The good-looking young woman in clogs, swinging the empty pails on the yoke, ran on before him to the well for water.†   (source)
  • The country then assumes a dim and dubious shape in the eyes of the citizens; they no longer behold it in the soil which they inhabit, for that soil is to them a dull inanimate clod; nor in the usages of their forefathers, which they have been taught to look upon as a debasing yoke; nor in religion, for of that they doubt; nor in the laws, which do not originate in their own authority; nor in the legislator, whom they fear and despise.†   (source)
  • As Messala turned in, the bronze lion's head at the end of his axle caught the fore-leg of the Athenian's right-hand trace-mate, flinging the brute over against its yoke-fellow.†   (source)
  • But he felt his neck under Bulstrode's yoke; and though he usually enjoyed kicking, he was anxious to refrain from that relief.†   (source)
  • That, mark you, on the sands and under saddle; but now—I do not know—I am afraid, for they are under yoke the first time, and the conditions of success are so many.†   (source)
  • A despot who should subject the Americans and their former slaves to the same yoke, might perhaps succeed in commingling their races; but as long as the American democracy remains at the head of affairs, no one will undertake so difficult a task; and it may be foreseen that the freer the white population of the United States becomes, the more isolated will it remain.†   (source)
  • the "if Rosamond will not mind," which had fallen from him involuntarily as part of his thought, was a significant mark of the yoke he bore.†   (source)
  • The patrician was laughing in hearty good-humor; and, seeing there was but one chance of rescue, Ben-Hur stepped in, and caught the bits of the left yoke-steed and his mate.†   (source)
  • The thirteen colonies which simultaneously threw off the yoke of England towards the end of the last century professed, as I have already observed, the same religion, the same language, the same customs, and almost the same laws; they were struggling against a common enemy; and these reasons were sufficiently strong to unite them one to another, and to consolidate them into one nation.†   (source)
  • Dorothea was not taken by surprise: many incidents had been leading her to the conjecture of some intention on her husband's part which might make a new yoke for her.†   (source)
  • The same sharp gamesters preferred to put their horses to the chariot all abreast; and for distinction they termed the two next the pole yoke-steeds, and those on the right and left outside trace-mates.†   (source)
  • Neither law nor the world's opinion compelled her to this—only her husband's nature and her own compassion, only the ideal and not the real yoke of marriage.†   (source)
  • At the period of which we are now speaking society was shaken to its centre: the people, in whose name the struggle had taken place, conceived the desire of exercising the authority which it had acquired; its democratic tendencies were awakened; and having thrown off the yoke of the mother-country, it aspired to independence of every kind.†   (source)
  • When from the walls, hooting and hissing him, the Jews beheld his guard enter the north gate of the city and march to the Tower of Antonia, they understood the real purpose of the visit—a full cohort of legionaries was added to the former garrison, and the keys of their yoke could now be tightened with impunity.†   (source)
  • It was because Lydgate writhed under the idea of getting his neck beneath this vile yoke that he had fallen into a bitter moody state which was continually widening Rosamond's alienation from him.†   (source)
  • So also the singer of the Psalms of Solomon—'Behold, O Lord, and raise up to Israel their king, the son of David, at the time thou knowest, O God, to rule Israel, thy children.... And he will bring the peoples of the heathen under his yoke to serve him.... And he shall be a righteous king taught of God, ...for he shall rule all the earth by the word of his mouth forever.†   (source)
  • In her present matronly age at least, Mrs. Garth never committed herself by over-hasty speech; having, as she said, borne the yoke in her youth, and learned self-control.†   (source)
  • Manes along the yoke were soiled as they hung forward under yokepads.†   (source)
  • Now Akhilleus ordered his veteran Myrmidons to arm and yoke their horses to the chariots.†   (source)
  • He called to Terror and Rout to yoke his horses while he put on his shining gear.†   (source)
  • Then he swung from the glittering car and propped his long whip on the yoke.†   (source)
  • Hebe fitted to the tip a handsome golden yoke, and added collars all soft gold.†   (source)
  • The team shied and strained apart with a great creak of the yoke as reins were tangled over the dead weight of their outrider fallen.†   (source)
  • It was time to yoke the mule-team, strong in harness, with hard hooves, a team the Mysians had given Priam.†   (source)
  • She darted after him to give the whip back, and revive his horses, then in anger overtook Eumelos and cracked his yoke in two.†   (source)
  • They looped three turns of the yoke-fastener round the knob and wound it over and over down the pole, tucking the tab end under.†   (source)
  • When they arrived in range of one another, Ares, breasting his adversary's horses, rifled his spear over the yoke and reins with murderous aim.†   (source)
  • The goddess put her hand upon the yoke that joined his battle-team, and said: "Ah, yes, a far cry from his father, Tydeus' son.†   (source)
  • You know how, round the base of each curved horn, the sweat pours out, and how one smooth-worn yoke will hold the oxen close, cutting a furrow to the fields edge?†   (source)
  • They brought out, too, the band nine forearms long called the yoke-fastener, and placed the yoke forward at the shank of the polished pole, shoving the yoke-pin firmly in.†   (source)
  • To this, from under the yoke, the nimble Xanthos answered, and hung his head, so that his mane dropped forward from the yokepad to the ground— Hera whose arms are white as ivory gave him a voice to say: "Yes, we shall save you, this time, too, Akhilleus in your strength!†   (source)
  • Dreading the rough edge of their fathers tongue, they lifted out a cart, a cargo wagon, neat and maneuverable, and newly made, and fixed upon it a wicker box; then took a mule yoke from a peg, a yoke of boxwood knobbed in front, with rings to hold the reins.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Mormon wives wear yokes, but they get jealous.†   (source)
  • He inspected her bullocks critically, as they came up grunting and blowing under the yokes.†   (source)
  • He was taciturn, and what Philip learnt about him he learnt from others: it appeared that he had fought with Garibaldi against the Pope, but had left Italy in disgust when it was clear that all his efforts for freedom, by which he meant the establishment of a republic, tended to no more than an exchange of yokes; he had been expelled from Geneva for it was not known what political offences.†   (source)
  • Two hundred buffalo hides to a wagon, and six yokes of oxen to a team and twenty-five teams to a train!†   (source)
  • Lucetta, forming the third and haloed figure, was opposite them; Elizabeth-Jane, being out of the game, and out of the group, could observe all from afar, like the evangelist who had to write it down: that there were long spaces of taciturnity, when all exterior circumstances were subdued to the touch of spoons and china, the click of a heel on the pavement under the window, the passing of a wheelbarrow or cart, the whistling of the carter, the gush of water into householders' buckets at the town-pump opposite, the exchange of greetings among their neighbours, and the rattle of the yokes by which they carried off their evening supply.†   (source)
  • Success encouraging me to persevere, I next began harness-making; the spoils of the chase having furnished us with plenty of leather, with which I covered light frames of wood, using the hairy moss or lichen for stuffing, and ere long the animals were equipped with saddles, stirrups, bridles, yokes and collars, to the very great satisfaction of their youthful riders and drivers.†   (source)
  • They led from under the yokes their sweating teams, tethering each beside his chariot, then brought down from the city beeves and sheep in all haste brought down wine and bread as well out of their halls.†   (source)
  • As when a countryman yokes oxen with broad brows to tread out barley on a well-bedded threshing floor, and quickly the grain is husked under the bellowing beasts: the sharp-hooved horses of Akhilleus just so crushed dead men and shields.†   (source)
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  • Phil gripped the yoke, sweat streaming down his face.   (source)
    yoke = a control apparatus for an airplane
  • The skirt is ankle-length, full, gathered to a flat yoke that extends over the breasts, the sleeves are full.   (source)
    yoke = a clothing item from which fabric is hung
  • She smocked the yoke into tiny crisscrossing puckers, then shirred the rest of the bodice.   (source)
  • The largest of them showed the last survivors of a defeated Valyrian army passing beneath the yoke and being chained.   (source)
    yoke = a structure under which defeated soldiers would march to symbolize their subjugation to the conqueror
  • Yoke on the further billows; hallo! a tandem, I drive the sea!   (source)
    yoke = work
  • When the officer took the yoke, Louie began tugging the chains, making the plane swoop up and down.   (source)
    yoke = a control apparatus for an airplane
  • At the yoke was Paul Tibbets, a veteran bomber pilot.   (source)
  • If Phil kept his feet on the yoke and pushed hard, he could stop the plane from flipping.   (source)
  • He put both feet on the yoke and pushed as hard as he could.   (source)
  • Then the weight of the stricken pilot on the yoke forced the Zero down, ducking under the bomber.   (source)
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  • Because pilots usually manned the yoke with their left hands while their right hands worked the other controls, B-24 pilots were instantly recognizable when shirtless, because the muscles on their left arms dwarfed those on their right arms.   (source)
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