Meaning of eke out

Definition of eke out

(verb) supplement what is thought to be deficient; "He eked out his meager pay by giving private lessons"; "Braque eked out his collages with charcoal"
live from day to day, as with some hardship; "He eked out his years in great poverty"
make by laborious and precarious means; "He eked out a living as a painter"
obtain with difficulty; "He eked out some information from the archives"

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