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unyoke

[uhn-yohk]
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verb (used with object), un·yoked, un·yok·ing.
  1. to free from or as if from a yoke.
  2. to part or disjoin, as by removing a yoke.
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verb (used without object), un·yoked, un·yok·ing. Obsolete.
  1. to remove a yoke.
  2. to cease work.
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Origin of unyoke

before 1000; Middle English unyoken, Old English ungeocian. See un-2, yoke1
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Examples from the Web for unyoking

Historical Examples

  • Heard the careless boy whistling while unyoking the lazy oxen.

    Looking Back

    Merrick Abner Richardson

  • While the men were unyoking the teams I was informed that Mr. Cunningham was missing.

  • No less could be found here the political speculations which were later to aid the colonists in unyoking themselves from England.

    Benjamin Franklin

    Frank Luther Mott

  • A farmer told me that while unyoking his oxen, a lion made a plunge and killed two outright by breaking their spine.

    Ten Years in India

    W.J.D. Gould

  • And the king soon gave him the horse on the left front of his car, unyoking the animal.


British Dictionary definitions for unyoking

unyoke

verb
  1. to release (an animal, etc) from a yoke
  2. (tr) to set free; liberate
  3. (tr) to disconnect or separate
  4. (intr) archaic to cease working
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