pass under the yoke

pass under the yoke

To be humiliated in defeat. The phrase derives from the ancient practice of humiliating troops by having them walk under a yoke that was symbolic of the victorious army. Many enemy soldiers passed under the yoke of the Roman army. Having to attend my rival's medal ceremony is like passing under the yoke.
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The law still has to pass under the yoke of the Senate and is not yet a given," Liese said, adding that "European law is just as respectable as US law".