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yoke
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
an oppressive burden
  • 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.
    Chapters 1-3 -- Loomings; The Carpet-Bag; The Spouter-Inn (64% in)
  • 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.
    Chapters 22-24 -- Merry Christmas; The Lee Shore; The Advocate (81% in)
  • 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.
    Chapters 52-54 -- The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (94% in)
  • 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.
    Chapters 64-66 -- Stubb's Supper; The Whale as a Dish; The Shark Massacre (8% in)
  • 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?
    Chapters 103-105 -- Measurement of The Whale's Skeleton; The Fossil Whale; Does the Whale Diminish (4% in)
  • 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.
    Chapters 103-105 -- Measurement of The Whale's Skeleton; The Fossil Whale; Does the Whale Diminish (85% in)
  • 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.
    Chapters 112-114 -- The Blacksmith; The Forge; The Gilder (50% in)
  • Yoke on the further billows; hallo! a tandem, I drive the sea!
    Chapters 124-126 -- The Needle; The Log and Line; The Life-Buoy (6% in)
  • Still again both seemed yoked together, and an unseen tyrant driving them; the lean shade siding the solid rib.
    Chapters 130-132 -- The Hat; The Pequod meets the Delight; The Symphony (23% in)

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