eke out

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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
References in classic literature ?
Their short and simple annals could be eked out by confidences which would not appreciably enrich the materials of the literary history of their time, and it seems better to leave them to the imagination of such posterity as they may reach.
It is not strange, then, that those who wrote of him should have eked out their scanty recollections with a lively fancy, and it is evident that there was enough in the little that was known of him to give opportunity to the romantic scribe; there was much in his life which was strange and terrible, in his character something outrageous, and in his fate not a little that was pathetic.
In the second game, the undermanned Pioneers eked out a gutsy victory over the Dymons to boost their own Finals bid with a 3-1 slate behind monstrous numbers by Christian Jacinto.
And later in the evening, its women's counterpart, Perlas Pilipinas, eked out a morale-boosting 69-67 thriller over Thailand.
3 percent in the fourth quarter of last year, but eked out slender growth during the course of 2012, the latest official data showed on Wednesday.
Summary: LONDON, Jul 02, SPA -- World shares eked out gains for only the second time in nine sessions on Friday but the rise was likely to be contingent on key U.
1 : to get with great effort <They eked out a living from the farm.
Private nonresidential construction eked out a gain of 0.
While Hahn eked out a victory, the real losers in that campaign were the people of Los Angeles.
LUCKY tramp Harry Hallowes was living the quiet life as he eked out a modest living in a shack in a quiet corner of a world-famous park.
The area around the village of Morwenstow was well known for its "wreckers," men and women who eked out a living with the help of marine salvage and were rumored to sometimes give nature a hand by luring ships onto the rocks with false lights.
Although he eked out a dubious four-vote majority in the electoral college after eking out a dubious one-vote majority on the Supreme Court, he lost the national election by more than a half-million votes.
By combining his talents Wittrock has eked out a unique niche yet has left himself on thin ice with most skating fans.
Stranded in Los Angeles, she eked out a wretched existence, taught movement classes for Hollywood actors (including Marilyn Monroe), and got to know Charles Laughton and Elsa Lanchester, striking up a lifelong friendship with the couple.
Polyethylene, another common soft plastic, eked out 88 percent.