Contrive to make a living or to support (an existence) by makeshifts.
- In old China workers and peasants could hardly eke out a living, let alone send their children to school.
- They eke out a bare existence (ie They scarcely manage) on his low salary.
His German was easy to understand and he knew a little English with which to eke it out.出自： J. K. Jerome
Spending a little love at a time, eking it out here and there, on this man and that.出自： G. Greene
Bookshops..eke out their turnover with stationery.出自： A. Blond