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Noun: eking  ee-king
  1. A lengthening or filling piece to make good a deficiency in length
Verb: eke  eek
  1. To increase; to add to; to augment; - now commonly used with out, the notion conveyed being to add to, or piece out by a laborious, inferior, or scanty addition; as, to eke out a scanty supply of one kind with some other

Encyclopedia: Eke