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.
Origin of eke1
Examples from the Web for eked
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|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|DAILY BEAST
It reported a net loss for 2012, though it eked out a slim $4.9 million profit in the fourth quarter.American Apparel’s Dov Charney on the Bangladesh Tragedy|Daniel Gross|May 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He had eked out the other evidence by means of a series of leases.Love Me Little, Love Me Long|Charles Reade
Water ran low, provisions began to fail, and they eked out their meagre supply by butchering the horses taken at Port Royal.Pioneers Of France In The New World|Francis Parkman, Jr.
The A was eked out with a piece of salmon leader, while an old mandolin yielded a wire E.Atlantic Classics|Various
The carpet covered only two-thirds of the floor, and was eked out by linoleum.Betty Trevor|Mrs. G. de Horne Vaizey
On the other side of it lay Rathole, a little settlement that eked a precarious living from the Venerian vegetation.Wind|Charles Louis Fontenay