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Verb: eke out
  1. Supplement what is thought to be deficient
    "He eked out his meagre pay by giving private lessons"; "Braque eked out his collages with charcoal";
    - fill out
  2. Live from day to day, as with some hardship
    "He eked out his years in great poverty"
  3. Make by laborious and precarious means
    "He eked out a living as a painter";
    - squeeze out
  4. Obtain with difficulty
    "He eked out some information from the archives";
    - squeeze out

Derived forms: ekes out, eked out, eking out

Type of: bring in, clear, earn, gain, live, make, obtain, pull in, realise [Brit], realize, supplement, take in