- to free from or as if from a yoke.
- to part or disjoin, as by removing a yoke.
- to remove a yoke.
- to cease work.
Origin of unyoke
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Examples from the Web for unyoking
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
And the king soon gave him the horse on the left front of his car, unyoking the animal.The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2
Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
- to release (an animal, etc) from a yoke
- (tr) to set free; liberate
- (tr) to disconnect or separate
- (intr) archaic to cease working
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