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- v. to supplement
- v. To obtain with difficulty or effort.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. supplement what is thought to be deficient
- v. live from day to day, as with some hardship
- v. make by laborious and precarious means
- v. obtain with difficulty
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Of course I could not now undertake to write to eke out my income, any more than I could now undergo the fatigue of reading to do so; but the large mass of ready-written matter which I had in my hands was an obvious means of helping myself.
Will Seymour has managed to scratch his way to the middle and eke out a career as an unknown actor and writer.
But when they would figure something out, and Luan Bo would eke out her first wobbly landing—Well, then we were very, very happy.
He would not need to eke out a living selling charms and removing curses; he would be able to conjure up almost anything he pleased, or sell single spells for roomfuls of coin.
In those days the Government did not provide very liberally for sheltering its soldiers; and officers and men were frequently forced to eke out parsimonious appropriations by toilsome work or go without shelter in most inhospitable regions.
In the summer of 1851 Agassiz was invited to a professorship at the Medical C.llege in C.arleston, S.C. This was especially acceptable to him, because it substituted a regular course of instruction to students, for the disconnected lectures given to miscellaneous audiences, in various parts of the country, by which he was obliged to eke out his small salary and provide for his scientific expenses.
Bomilcar asked, trying to eke out his drink as long as he could.
The agents of the republic, more oeconomical, yet directed by the same motives, eke out corruption by precepts of sedition, and arm the leaders of revolt with the rights of man; but, forgetting the maxim that charity should begin at home, in their zeal for the freedom of other countries, they leave no portion of it for their own!
Everyone safe and fed and now my percentage of Ninth Uncle's plastic flower factory, negotiated so patiently, will, with joss, pay my rent in a year or two, and I can eat good Ning-tok rice gruel three times a week free which helps eke out my money so that I needn't take the squeeze that is so easy to obtain but would ruin my future.