Word forms: yokes
COBUILD Advanced British English Dictionary1. singular noun [adj N]If you say that people are under the yoke of a bad thing or person, you mean they are forced to live in a difficult or unhappy state because of that thing or person. [literary] [+ of] ⇒ People are still suffering under the yoke of slavery. ⇒ ...a domineering comedian whose son flees to Blackpool to escape the parental yoke.2. countable nounA yoke is a long piece of wood which is tied across the necks of two animals such as oxen, in order to make them walk close together when they are pulling a plough.3. verbIf two or more people or things are yoked together, they are forced to be closely linked with each other. [V n together] ⇒ The introduction attempts to yoke the pieces together. [V n + to/into] ⇒ The Auto Pact yoked Ontario into the United States economy. [be V-ed] ⇒ Farmers and politicians are yoked by money and votes.