Related to eking: whither

eke 1

tr.v. eked, ek·ing, ekes
1. To supplement with great effort. Used with out: eked out an income by working two jobs.
2. To get with great effort or strain. Used with out: eke out a bare existence from farming in an arid area.
3. To make (a supply) last by practicing strict economy. Used with out.

[Middle English eken, to increase, from Old English ēcan; see aug- in Indo-European roots.]

eke 2

adv. Archaic

[Middle English, from Old English ēac, ēc.]
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I was taken aback when Duardo told me that Eking had joined the Huks.
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She was bright and ready to make the most of what our country has to offer, but eking out a living was difficult at minimum-wage jobs.
Although he eked out a dubious four-vote majority in the electoral college after eking out a dubious one-vote majority on the Supreme Court, he lost the national election by more than a half-million votes.
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After this dazzling debut, still in his his twenties, Fernando settled in Rome, eking out preferments at the Papal court.
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