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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Since he won by just 44,000, he’d have to make up just over 90,000 to eke out a win.Who will decide the election? It may come down to Pennsylvania seniors|Shawn Tully|October 28, 2020|Fortune
If he focuses on the issues, they believe, he can eke out a win.In N.C., voters call Cunningham’s infidelity reckless, shocking. They still vote for the Democrat.|Rachael Bade, Pam Kelley|October 21, 2020|Washington Post
Great Boiling Spring in Nevada, for example, is a scalding 77° Celsius, yet microbes manage to eke out an existence in water near the spring’s clay banks, researchers reported in 2016 in Nature Communications.Life on Earth may have begun in hostile hot springs|Jack J. Lee|September 24, 2020|Science News
Now, researchers are pushing wherever they can to eke out improvements in subseasonal forecasts.Improved three-week weather forecasts could save lives from disaster|Alexandra Witze|August 27, 2020|Science News
The Nasdaq yesterday hit yet another record and FAAMG stocks helped the S&P eke out a gain.Investors ride the Big Tech rally even as COVID cases and unemployment spike|Bernhard Warner|August 21, 2020|Fortune
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