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vb (tr, adverb)
1. to make (a supply) last, esp by frugal use: they eked out what little food was left.
2. to support (existence) with difficulty and effort
3. to add to (something insufficient), esp with effort: to eke out an income with evening work.
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|Verb||1.||eke out - supplement what is thought to be deficient; "He eked out his meager pay by giving private lessons"; "Braque eked out his collages with charcoal"|
supplement - add as a supplement to what seems insufficient; "supplement your diet"
|2.||eke out - live from day to day, as with some hardship; "He eked out his years in great poverty"|
live - lead a certain kind of life; live in a certain style; "we had to live frugally after the war"
|3.||eke out - make by laborious and precarious means; "He eked out a living as a painter"|
|4.||eke out - obtain with difficulty; "He eked out some information from the archives"|
obtain - come into possession of; "How did you obtain the visa?"
verb be sparing with, stretch out, be economical with, economize on, husband, be frugal with I had to eke out my redundancy money for about ten weeks.