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English verb: eke out

1. eke out (possession) supplement what is thought to be deficient


SamplesHe eked out his meager pay by giving private lessons.
Braque eked out his collages with charcoal.


Synonymsfill out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)supplement

2. eke out (stative) live from day to day, as with some hardship


SamplesHe eked out his years in great poverty.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)live

3. eke out (possession) make by laborious and precarious means


SamplesHe eked out a living as a painter.


Synonymssqueeze out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)bring in, clear, earn, gain, make, pull in, realise, realize, take in

4. eke out (possession) obtain with difficulty


SamplesHe eked out some information from the archives.


Synonymssqueeze out


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)obtain









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