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verb (tr, adverb)
to make (a supply) last, esp by frugal usethey eked out what little food was left
to support (existence) with difficulty and effort
to add to (something insufficient), esp with effortto eke out an income with evening work
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eke out

1

Supplement, make last, as in The survivors eked out their food and water until they were rescued. [Late 1500s]

2

Get with great difficulty or effort, as in The soil was terrible but they managed to eke out a living by rotating crops. [Early 1800s]

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