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{v: eke out, fill out} supplement what is thought to be deficient
"He eked out his meager pay by giving private lessons"
"Braque eked out his collages with charcoal"

{v: eke out, squeeze out} make by laborious and precarious means
"He eked out a living as a painter"

{v: eke out, squeeze out} obtain with difficulty
"He eked out some information from the archives"

{v: eke out} live from day to day, as with some hardship
"He eked out his years in great poverty"

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