yokefellow

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

yoke +‎ fellow

Noun[edit]

yokefellow (plural yokefellows)

  1. (archaic) A companion; a fellow labourer, a person who works at the same task as another.
    • c. 1605, William Shakespeare, King Lear, Act III, Scene 6,[1]
      I’ll see their trial first. Bring in their evidence.
      [To Edgar] Thou, robed man of justice, take thy place.
      [To the Fool] And thou, his yokefellow of equity,
      Bench by his side.
    • 1849, Charlotte Brontë, Shirley, Chapter 7,[2]
      [] If two people like each other, why shouldn’t they consent to live together?”
      “They tire of each other—they tire of each other in a month. A yokefellow is not a companion; he or she is a fellow-sufferer.”
    • 1882, Edward Augustus Freeman, The Reign of William Rufus and the Accession of Henry the First‎:
      ...till new grounds of quarrel had arisen between the two unequal yokefellows who were at last fully coupled together.
    • 1922, James Ezra Darby, Jesus, an economic mediator: God's remedy for industrial and international ills
      Brain and hand, and means and muscle, are true yokefellows in modern industrialism. Without the inventor, there could be no machinery...
    • 1999, David E Garland, Reading Matthew: A Literary and Theological Commentary on the First Gospel‎
      Jesus treats his disciples as yokefellows rather than as camels and donkeys to be loaded down (23:4).