supplement what is thought to be deficient
- "Braque eked out his collages with charcoal"
- "He eked out his meager pay by giving private lessons"
live from day to day, as with some hardship: "He eked out his years in great poverty"
make by laborious and precarious means
- "He eked out a living as a painter"
obtain with difficulty: "He eked out some information from the archives"