verb (used with object), eked, ek·ing.
- to make (a living) or support (existence) laboriously: They managed to eke out a living by farming a small piece of land.
- to supplement; add to; stretch: to eke out an income with odd jobs.
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Mitul told us this is a “harder update to eke out insights from than most other updates,” because it was focused on product reviews.Google product reviews algorithm update was big but not like a core update, say data providers|Barry Schwartz|April 20, 2021|Search Engine Land
Right now, many of us are still in pandemic survival mode, eking out each day with the repetitious feel of Groundhog Day.Six ways to stay balanced during the climate crisis|Ariella Cook-Shonkoff, Neelu Tummala|April 7, 2021|Washington Post
After hundreds of thousands of years as a species of a few million, foragers and peasants eking out livings in an unfriendly world, we changed everything in our image.Humans have rapidly remade the Earth — and imperiled its future|Jedediah Britton-Purdy|March 12, 2021|Washington Post
The coronavirus continued to hammer Disney in the final months of 2020, with the company’s revenue dropping 22 percent over the holiday period while it eked out a much smaller profit than usual.Disney took in nearly $5 billion less in revenue over the pandemic-riddled holidays|Steven Zeitchik|February 11, 2021|Washington Post
The polls say Republicans will likely eke out a small majority in the Senate this Election Day.
They made the playoffs just four times and managed to eke out only one playoff series win.
It's hard to find an extra 18,000 votes by squinting hard, but you can probably eke out a few hundred.What if the Supreme Court Had Declined to Hear Bush v. Gore?|Megan McArdle|April 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Thanks to an unexpectedly strong showing in the West and the farm belt, Truman managed to eke out re-election.
Polls suggests he should be able to eke out a win of three points or so.Michael Tomasky Makes His Election 2012 Predictions|Michael Tomasky|November 6, 2012|DAILY BEAST
She had no ambition whatever, and merely hoped to be able to eke out in this way her slender resources.Frederick Chopin as a Man and Musician|Frederick Niecks
John Gilpin was a citizen of credit and renown; A train-band captain eke was he, of famous London town.
So stooping down, as needs he must who cannot sit upright, He grasped the mane with both his hands, and eke with all his might.
These you can eke out by working late into the night, and rising when the day dawns.The Duty of Disobedience to the Fugitive Slave Act|Lydia Maria Child
Should he chance to break a leg, or she a limb, the inevitable exposure of the pedal condition is alarming and eke humiliating.The Fiend's Delight|Dod Grile