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English definition of “eke sth out”

eke sth out

verb uk phrasal verb with eke   /iːk/ us  
to use something slowly or carefully because you only have a small amount of it: There wasn't much food left, but we just managed to eke it out. He managed to eke out a living (= earn just enough to live on) one summer by selling drinks on a beach.
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