- 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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Campbell’s office brought hotel union leaders and a vacation rental platform that undermined past regulatory attempts to the table to try to eke out a compromise.San Diego Could Soon Get a Vacation From Its Long-Running Rental Showdown|Lisa Halverstadt|August 26, 2021|Voice of San Diego
Perhaps if Nautiluses and Allonautiluses only had to survive the warming depths, they would do as they have always done—eke by.
She didn’t qualify in the 200, and in the 400 m in Rio, Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas eked a win over Felix by diving across the finish line.Motherhood Could Have Cost Olympian Allyson Felix. She Wouldn't Let It|Sean Gregory|July 8, 2021|Time
I eked by in the rest of my classes, often skipping weeks of lectures just to avoid getting called on by professors.
The difference will be in how much scale Carrefour can eke from each growth stream as it tries to cement its version of a self-serve retail network media — Carrefour Links — in the minds of marketers.Cheat Sheet: Inside Carrefour’s ‘competitive’ retail media pitch to advertisers|Seb Joseph|June 17, 2021|Digiday
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