verb[with object] (eke something out)
- 1Make an amount or supply of something last longer by using or consuming it frugally: the remains of yesterday’s stew could be eked out to make another mealMore example sentences
economize on, skimp on, be (more) economical with, make economies with, scrimp and scrape, save; be thrifty with, be frugal with, be sparing with, cut back on, make cutbacks in, budget, husband• informal go easy onaugment, add to, increase, supplement; enlarge, expand, amplify, make bigger, pad out, fill out, bulk out, stretch out
- She said: ‘We shared a can of fruit salad and a can of Coke - we didn't have many treats so we eked them out.
- Except when I tell the story it takes me about ten minutes to eke it out.
- Sounds great, but this technology is not designed to replace oil, merely to eke it out.
- 1.1Manage to make a living with difficulty: many traders barely eked out a livingMore example sentences
- The levels of poverty hit you as soon as you walk out of the airport and see people trying to eke a living out of the very earth they walk on.
- He strongly admires him because he knows how tough it is to eke a living out of one of Australia's last frontiers.
- Some of these mines have killed and wounded their military opponents, but many of the victims are women and children who have remained in the area attempting to eke a living out of the now lethal farm land.
Old English ēacian, ēcan (in the sense 'increase'), of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse auka.