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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Definitions for eke

  1. To gain or supplement with great effort or difficulty -- used with 'out'.
  2. To increase or make last by being economical -- used with 'out'.

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Citations for eke
When the PRI unites around a candidate and the two opposition parties divide the rest of the vote, the ruling party can usually eke out a victory. Mary Beth Sheridan, Los Angeles Times
Inevitably, the prodigious footnotes get in the way of what is, basically, a simple parable. Like the wide margins the publishers use to eke out a skimpy text, they make the novel seem bigger than it is. James MacBride, New York Times
Origin of eke
1000
Eke is from Old English ecan, "to increase."
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