1. Literally, to harness two or more people or animals together with a yoke (a heavy frame or harness usually fitted around the necks of draft animals to pull carts, plows, etc.). A noun or pronoun can be used between "yoke" and "together." The cruel captain yoked together the prisoners and forced them to march on foot. He didn't yoke the oxen together properly, causing the whole cart to topple over on the uneven path.
2. To bind or join two or more people together in some condition, activity, or situation. Often used in passive constructions. A noun or pronoun can be used between "yoke" and "together." I knew the moment I met her that we had to be yoked together for the rest of our lives. He was pretty resentful that the boss had yoked him together with that idiot Richard for this project.
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yoke people or things together
to connect two people together with a yoke; to connect two animals together with a yoke. Todd yoked the oxen together for the parade. Sam yoked Fred and Tom together so they could pull the load.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.