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v. un·yoked, un·yok·ing, un·yokes
1. To release from or as if from a yoke.
2. To separate; disjoin.
1. To remove a yoke.
2. Archaic To stop working.
References in classic literature ?
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.
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.
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.
He just unyoked the oxen, an' sat down under a tree, an' died there sitting up.