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  1. [verb] supplement what is thought to be deficient; "He eked out his meager pay by giving private lessons"; "Braque eked out his collages with charcoal"
    Synonyms: fill out

  2. [verb] live from day to day, as with some hardship; "He eked out his years in great poverty"

  3. [verb] make by laborious and precarious means; "He eked out a living as a painter"
    Synonyms: squeeze out

  4. [verb] obtain with difficulty; "He eked out some information from the archives"
    Synonyms: squeeze out


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