eke out

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v eke out obtain with difficulty "He eked out some information from the archives"
    • v eke out make by laborious and precarious means "He eked out a living as a painter"
    • v eke out supplement what is thought to be deficient "He eked out his meager pay by giving private lessons","Braque eked out his collages with charcoal"
    • v eke out live from day to day, as with some hardship "He eked out his years in great poverty"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Eke out to supplement: to prolong
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. écan, akin to L. augēre, to increase.

Usage

In literature:

Trusting that he should be able to eke out the tune in spite of these interruptions, he hastened immediately to his destination.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
In later years, although this practice had been considerably curtailed, a number of unqualified people managed to eke out a living.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
He prepared orations for delivery in the law courts for the use of others, and in this way eked out his small income.
"Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
They were now forced to eke out their failing provisions by eating horseflesh.
"History of Australia and New Zealand" by Alexander Sutherland
It was eked out to its furthest dimensions, and was as a rule spent on good things to eat.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
Girls of the upper classes shared their means with the poorer ones, and the latter eked out their resources by work of all descriptions.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
An income of sixteen shillings a week for a family of seven requires a good deal of ekeing out.
"Vixen, Volume I." by M. E. Braddon
He it was who eked out a pious groat by tending the feet of all outward and inward bound pilgrims.
"The Dragon of Wantley" by Owen Wister
There I eked out an existence, a stranger on a foreign shore.
"Saronia" by Richard Short
While reading Vattel, Montesquieu, and Blackstone, he eked out a humble income as a school teacher.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
It is a chronicle or procession, eked out with soldiers' squabbles.
"William Shakespeare" by John Masefield
Yet a different influence arising, or at least eked out, from the same source, rather checked this increase.
"A History of English Literature" by George Saintsbury
How long will it last if eked out?
"Colorado Jim" by George Goodchild
A considerable number of women formerly eked out the family income by taking in washing for people in the town.
"Change in the Village" by (AKA George Bourne) George Sturt
For over their unequal curves he had nailed a sheath of packing-boards, eked out with patches of sheet-tin.
"Merry-Garden and Other Stories" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
They are said to resort to many ingenious expedients to eke out the allowance.
"Kathay: A Cruise in the China Seas" by W. Hastings Macaulay
There were some clumsily indicated buildings, possibly sheds and stables of daub and wattle, eking out the ramshackle house.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
Pent up by the biting frost, and eking out a wretched existence on salted food, their condition grew deplorable.
"Old Quebec" by Sir Gilbert Parker and Claude Glennon Bryan
Perhaps the chests might contain old clothes, or other materials that would serve to eke out.
"The Bright Face of Danger" by Robert Neilson Stephens
This they, as well as the poor old soldiers who escort them, have to eke out by charity.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 2, No. 12, May, 1851." by Various
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In poetry:

I’ve humped my swag to Bawley Plain, and further out and on;
I’ve boiled my billy by the Gulf, and boiled it by the Swan—
I’ve thirsted in dry lignum swamps, and thirsted on the sand,
And eked the fire with camel dung in Never-Never Land.
"The Ballad of the Rousabout" by Henry Lawson

In news:

Young female porters eke out a living, strive for better lives.
Thomson eked out only a $230 million profit last year on sales of $6.5 billion.
The game lasted 13 innings, with Satchel 's squad eking out a 1-0 win.
The weirdo weather left us with enough snow to eke out one of the rarest of treats--A ski day on the Fourth.
Junebugred Ekes Out Smarty Jones Win.
In the slums of a flooded urban wasteland, a little girl goes missing and ends up in the hands of Orson, a kindhearted but simple-minded outcast eking out a living by salvaging old machine parts.
State ekes out 82-80 win over UNC Asheville .
But the S&P and Dow managed to eke out a third straight week of modest gains.
As expected, the Obama administration is demanding slimmer agency IT budgets for fiscal 2014, and asking for details on how officials intend to reinvest the savings they can eke out.
The Placer County area eked out a small increase in jobs in May, despite continued weakness in construction employment.
UF struggled on offense and put its defense in bad positions, but that unit came up with four interceptions to help eke out a win.
Against a backdrop of slowing inflation and heightened competition, Delhaize Group eked out increases in sales, margins and profits for the second quarter.
'End of Watch' wins by a nose: Crime drama ekes out victory over 'House' with $13.2 mil.
CANADA STOCKS-TSX ekes out gain as banks rise after Bernanke.
But the fact that they did eke out a win brought with it much good news.
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In science:

The primary goals of the redshift survey are measurement of the halo mass function (Eke et al. 2006), galaxy stellar mass function (Cole et al. 2001), and the merger rates of galaxies (De Propris et al. 2005): for systems of the lowest possible masses (at low redshift z < 0.05), and for their evolution out to z ∼ 0.5.
Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA): The input catalogue and star-galaxy separation
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