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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Origin of eke1
Example sentences from the Web for eking
Bats that had once lived deep in the forest were now eking out a living on mango trees and near pig farms.
At the end of the close match, Canada found itself in the lead, eking out a 1-0 win.#LoserKeepsBieber Means Justin’s Probably Coming to America|Amy Zimmerman|February 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The two had been eking out the remnants of Lois's school-money as best they might.Jane Field|Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
During all this time I was eking out my means of living by doing odd jobs, for I was Jack-of-all trades.
Eking out a scant existence between two granite flags, this insignificant waif reared a caterpillar.Trifles for the Christmas Holidays|H. S. Armstrong
The fish caught in this manner materially assisted in eking out the scant supplies of the colonists.The Life of John Taylor|B. H. Roberts
And he blurted out the whole story, eking out what he lacked in detail, by insistent questioning of his father.The Clarion|Samuel Hopkins Adams