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verb eke pronunciation in American English /ik/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyeke
he/she/itekes
present participleeking
past tenseeked
past participleeked

phrasal verb

eke out

[transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theyeke out
he/she/itekes out
present participleeking out
past tenseeked out
past participleeked out
to get just enough money or food to be able to continue to exist
eke out a living/an existence:

The family barely manages to eke out a living from their small farm.

  1. a.
    to make something such as money or food last as long as possible

    Their meager supplies have to be eked out throughout the winter.

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