unyoked


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un·yoke

 (ŭn-yōk′)
v. un·yoked, un·yok·ing, un·yokes
v.tr.
1. To release from or as if from a yoke.
2. To separate; disjoin.
v.intr.
1. To remove a yoke.
2. Archaic To stop working.
References in classic literature ?
She turned her steeds; the Hours presently unyoked them, made them fast to their ambrosial mangers, and leaned the chariot against the end wall of the courtyard.
The mighty lord of the earthquake unyoked his horses for him, set the car upon its stand, and threw a cloth over it.
The carter at once unyoked the oxen and left them to roam at large about the pleasant green spot, the freshness of which seemed to invite, not enchanted people like Don Quixote, but wide-awake, sensible folk like his squire, who begged the curate to allow his master to leave the cage for a little; for if they did not let him out, the prison might not be as clean as the propriety of such a gentleman as his master required.
He just unyoked the oxen, an' sat down under a tree, an' died there sitting up.
We go across the level plain, twenty yoke of us, till we are unyoked again, and we graze while the big guns talk across the plain to some town with mud walls, and pieces of the wall fall out, and the dust goes up as though many cattle were coming home.
As each in its own way is spatially and temporally unyoked from its concrete geopolitical and cultural model, Edith's Corfu and Frederick's Cadiz shine brightly against the novel's otherwise muted settings.
Open to all, free of charge and unyoked to requirements of a health card or medical insurance, the campaign is angled at maximum efficacy.
They become accustomed to where they are fed, where they are yoked and unyoked, and where you generally stop the lessons for the day and head for home.
They want to see the work of mission carried forward, but they grieve when zeal is needlessly unyoked from thoughtful reflection or when mission enthusiasm, good in itself, rushes uninformedly forward.
Much as in Britain, from which it had recently been unyoked, Ireland's betting laws had been organized after much wrangling in the 1920s.