Yoke

(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 of three 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
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