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eke out

1. To use something sparingly in an attempt to preserve it. A noun or pronoun can be used between "eke" and "out." Until somebody finds us shipwrecked here, we’ll have to eke out all the supplies we have.
2. To obtain something through hard work or effort. A noun or pronoun can be used between "eke" and "out." In addition to my full-time job, I started doing some freelance work and can now eke out my rent payment.
3. To manage to do something successfully immediately before a deadline or in the last remaining amount of time. A noun or pronoun can be used between "eke" and "out." Thanks to two goals in the third period, we were able to eke out a win.
See also: out

eke something out

to extend something; to add to something. He worked at two jobs in order to eke his income out. He managed to eke out a living.
See also: out

eke out

1. Supplement, make last, as in The survivors eked out their food and water until they were rescued. [Late 1500s]
2. Get with great difficulty or effort, as in The soil was terrible but they managed to eke out a living by rotating crops. [Early 1800s]
See also: out
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Eke said the recent decline in non-performing loans is not because UAE residents have become more responsible with their loan repayments.
Now, we have another factor - petrol prices," said Eke.
Alp Eke said the loan to deposit ratio reached lowest point at 87 per cent in June 2014.
Soon, hedging practices will cease and after the losses are covered, we can expect a reduction," said Eke.
Eke has attended executive management programmes at Harvard, Stanford, Lagos Business School as well as IESE and Oxford University.
The unusual lack of Premier League draws, which affected all betting companies at the start of the 2009-10 season, hit Betinternet especially hard, as it coincided with a shift among punters to '90-minute outcome' betting from Asian handicaps, Eke said.
Albion need to eke out some points to avoid getting completely tailed off at the bottom of the Premier League table.
Eke and Lee, both of the University of the West of England, UK, present a balanced view of whole-class teaching that recognizes the importance of classroom talk in teaching and learning.
Maybe Ministry of Health chief nursing adviser Mark Jones would Eke to acknowledge that as well.
Michael Eke, of March, Cambridgeshire, carried out numerous thefts, including writing references nominating himself for the title, Norwich Crown Court heard.
So why does he have to sell bagels -- not to mention porn DVDs on the side -- to eke out an existence?
But Gronholm responded with a burst of speed when the rally proper got under way to eke out a 13.
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The microbes appear to eke out a living from that light, which the researchers can see only through night goggles.
Having overspent in the go-go technology era, Playboy Enterprises expects to report operating income of $22 million this year and may eke out a profit for the first time since 1998.