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Topic: TOOLS

Language: Old English
Origin: geoc

yoke

1 noun
     
yoke1 [countable]
1TA a wooden bar used for keeping two animals together, especially cattle, when they are pulling heavy loads
2TZ a frame that you put across your shoulders so that you can carry two equal loads which hang from either side of it
3

the yoke of something

literary something that restricts your freedom, making life difficult:
the yoke of tradition
4DCC a part of a skirt or shirt just below the waist or collar, from which the main piece of material hangs in folds
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