E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
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 spearstwo 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.