The meaning we're interested in is abstract:
A yoke is something powerful and controlling that causes suffering.
To yoke people is to use your power and control over them and make them suffer.
yokes, yoked, yoking
How to use it:
Talk about a yoke, the yoke of something, or something's yoke, as in "the yoke of an unhappy marriage" and "a small town's yoke."
You can be yoked to something: "She signed a bad contract and now she's yoked to that mobile provider for three years." More happily, you can break the yoke of something, set yourself free from the yoke, etc.: "It felt amazing to break the yoke of my student debt."
Things can also be yoked together: "Though atheism and agnosticism are often yoked together in public perception, they're quite different."
To avoid overspending on a house, I had to consider what it would be like to live under the yoke of a tight budget, with so much of our income drained away by the house payment.
It amazes me how some of my high-achieving students don't collapse under the yoke of their demanding schedules.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "yoke” means when you can explain it without saying “restraint” or “tie."
Think of the last time you felt powerless, and fill in the blanks: "I (finally threw off/wish I could throw off) the yoke of _____."
Example: "I wish I could throw off the yoke of my sugar cravings."
Spend at least 20 seconds occupying your mind with the game and quote below. Then try the review questions. Don’t go straight to the review now—let your working memory empty out first.
Playing With Words:
Messages that go through an automated translator into several languages and back into English again often end up sounding funny and garbled-- but still somehow meaningful. We’re having fun with that phenomenon this month as we play our game: Guess the moral from Aesop’s Fables after it has been translated into a few foreign languages and back again by a computer program. Some of the morals may be very familiar to you, others not so much. You don’t need to quote Aesop verbatim but rather just understand the message being conveyed. Try it out each day and see the right answer the following day.
Yesterday’s answer: The translation-babble said, “When sufficient information is attached, are eliminated by the fact that it is one thing, a lie quickly painted color.” Aesop said, “When the evidence is fairly weighed, a colorfully painted lie is quickly refuted by the facts.”
Try this one today: “Bad business judgment the speed, but the ending.”
A Point Well Made:
John Rohn: “If you keep doing what you've always done, you'll keep getting what you've always gotten.”
1. The opposite of YOKE is
2. Much of educational research points to the need to unyoke children from _____ so they can _____.
A. creativity .. achieve their highest potential both personally and academically
B. field trips .. have realistic learning experiences that build real-world knowledge
C. poverty .. learn unhindered by hunger, fear, and other discomforts
Answers are below.
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