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Definition an oppressive burden

Yoke, as defined here, is a figurative sense of a more literal meaning; i.e., of a wooden frame used to carry loads or to join beasts of burden. More rarely, yoke describes a connected pair as in "a yoke of oxen". It can also describe connecting two things. See a comprehensive dictionary for less common senses of the word.
  • They threw off the yoke of slavery.
yoke = oppressive burden
  • under the yoke of a tyrant
  • 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
  • yoke = oppressive burden
  • 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
  • yoke = oppressive burden
  • 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
  • yoke = oppressive burden
  • Whose souls do bear an equal yoke of love,
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • yoke = burden (amount of effort)
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • yoke = oppressive burden
  • I have seen the freest among you wear their freedom as a yoke and a handcuff.
    Kahlil Gibran  --  The Prophet
  • yoke = oppressive burden
  • Bruis'd underneath the yoke of tyranny,
    Shakespeare, William  --  King Richard III
  • The goddess laid her hand on the yoke of his horses and said...
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Come underneath the yoke of government.
    Shakespeare, William  --  King Henry IV, Part 2
  • yoke the oxen together
  • Yoke the draft horses together
  • pulled by a yoke of oxen

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