eke out

To eke out is to get by with difficulty or a struggle. When you just eke out a living, you live from check to check, barely managing to pay all your bills.

You'll often find eke out followed by "a living," or "an existence," describing the process of working hard for every bit of money. You can also use it to mean "squeeze out," or "win after a struggle," the way an underdog baseball team just barely ekes out a win over its rival. And finally, you can make something last longer, or eke it out: "She'll eke out that chili for a whole week, I bet."

Definitions of eke out
1

v live from day to day, as with some hardship

Type of:
live
lead a certain kind of life; live in a certain style

v supplement what is thought to be deficient

Synonyms:
fill out
Type of:
supplement
add as a supplement to what seems insufficient

v make by laborious and precarious means

Synonyms:
squeeze out
Type of:
bring in, clear, earn, gain, make, pull in, realise, realize, take in
earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages

v obtain with difficulty

Synonyms:
squeeze out
Type of:
obtain
come into possession of

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