eke out

[eke out] {v.} 1. To fill out or add a little to; increase alittle.

Mr. Jones eked out a country teacher's small salary byhunting and trapping in the winter.

The modest meal was eked outwith bread and milk.

2. To get (little) by hard work; to earn withdifficulty.

Fred eked out a bare living by farming on a rockyhillside.