|1.||[ verb ] supplement what is thought to be deficient|
"He eked out his meager pay by giving private lessons" "Braque eked out his collages with charcoal"
|2.||[ verb ] (work) make by laborious and precarious means|
"He eked out a living as a painter"
|3.||[ verb ] live from day to day, as with some hardship|
: "He eked out his years in great poverty"
|4.||[ verb ] obtain with difficulty|
: "He eked out some information from the archives"