(1 syl.). Greek zugon, Latin jugum, French joug, Dutch juk, German joch, Anglo-Saxon geoc (pron. yoc).
To pass under the yoke.
To suffer the disgrace of a vanquished army. The Romans made a yoke
spears- two upright and one resting on them. When an army was
vanquished, the soldiers had to lay down their arms and pass under this
archway of spears.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894