pass under the yoke

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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.
See also: pass, yoke
References in classic literature ?
To him it seemed a strange proof of the danger in which a weaker man would stand of passing under the yoke of this hateful Western civilization.