to increase; enlarge; lengthen.
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.
Other definitions for eke (2 of 2)
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How to use eke in a sentence
Against the New York Giants and the Detroit Lions, Washington came close to overcoming its faults but couldn’t eke out a win.Washington comes back to beat Bengals, 20-9, after rookie QB Joe Burrow leaves with injury | Nicki Jhabvala | November 22, 2020 | Washington Post
Likeable Republican Senate candidate Cory Gardner eked out a major win Tuesday night.
Boring as it may seem, be glad that Cochran eked out his win.Thad Cochran Wins One for Sanity Over Tea Partier Chris McDaniel | Michael Tomasky | June 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The home team eked out a win in the World Cup opening match, with a little help from the Japanese ref.Brazil Slips Past Croatia, Thanks to Yuichi Nishimura | Tunku Varadarajan | June 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In 2009, Christie eked out a slight win against incumbent governor Jon Corzine and still garnered 32 percent of the Hispanic vote.
He 2010, he drew five challengers, and eked out slightly more than 50 percent of the vote.Charlie Rangel on Immigration, Pope Francis & His Successor | David Freedlander | August 2, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Now she had grown, and eked out a poor living by seeking for gold in the sands brought down by the Ardèche.Frdric Mistral | Charles Alfred Downer
It was thus that scanty salaries were eked out both before and after the Reformation.Ireland Under the Tudors, Vol. II (of 3) | Richard Bagwell
Wages, however, were then eked out by home industries and commonable rights.The Political History of England - Vol. X. | William Hunt
He very soon after came to America, where for many weary years he has eked out an existence in the sweat-shops of New York.
Thus they eked out a miserable existence until the 11th of February, when Barzilla Ray died.South American Fights and Fighters | Cyrus Townsend Brady
British Dictionary definitions for eke (1 of 2)
(tr) archaic to increase, enlarge, or lengthen
British Dictionary definitions for eke (2 of 2)
archaic also; moreover
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