- 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
Romney held his own most of the time, and polls by CBS and CNN showed the president eking out only a narrow victory.
I must wander around in foreign parts, a private gentleman eking out my living by some kind of industry.Lazarre|Mary Hartwell Catherwood
He kept up his “Skee-eking” at intervals, apparently without noticing me, until within ten or twelve feet.Watched by Wild Animals|Enos A. Mills
They did what they could, eking out their scanty earnings by eel-fishing on the marshes, and occasionally snaring a few wild fowl.The Shrieking Pit|Arthur J. Rees
Tags like these are everywhere present, especially in verse, where they must often have proved convenient in eking out the metre.Early Theories of Translation|Flora Ross Amos
The furniture in my bungalow is altogether too sketchy at present, and I am tired of eking it out with personality.Atlantic Classics|Various