pass under the yoke

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

The practice of "passing under the yoke" (Latin: sub iugum) was a ritual humiliation of enemies practiced by the people of ancient Italy, most notably the Romans and Samnites. The modern English word "subjugate" stems from the Latin "sub iugum."

Verb[edit]

pass under the yoke

  1. (of a defeated army) To be humiliated by the victors.