eke out a living

eke out a living
earn or grow enough to survive
  

On the small farm we were able to eke out a living.


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  • eke out a living — they barely eked out a living Syn: subsist, survive, get by, scrape by, make ends meet, keep body and soul together, keep the wolf from the door, keep one s head above water …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • eke out a living — SUBSIST, survive, get by, scrape by, make ends meet, keep body and soul together, keep the wolf from the door, keep one s head above water. → eke …   Useful english dictionary

  • eke out — Fowler (1926) wanted to limit the use of this phrasal verb to refer to things that can be made to last longer or go further, i.e. a supply: ‘you can eke out your income or a scanty subsistence with odd jobs or by fishing, but you cannot eke out a …   Modern English usage

  • eke out — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms eke out : present tense I/you/we/they eke out he/she/it ekes out present participle eking out past tense eked out past participle eked out a) to get just enough money or food to be able to continue to exist… …   English dictionary

  • eke out — earn with difficulty He was unable to eke out a living on the farm so he sold it …   Idioms and examples

  • eke out — verb 1. supplement what is thought to be deficient (Freq. 2) He eked out his meager pay by giving private lessons Braque eked out his collages with charcoal • Syn: ↑fill out • Hypernyms: ↑supplement …   Useful english dictionary

  • eke out — phr verb Eke out is used with these nouns as the object: ↑existence, ↑living, ↑victory …   Collocations dictionary

  • eke out — verb a) to supplement The old man eked out his pension by selling vegetables from his garden. b) To obtain with difficulty or effort. He eked out a living selling vegetables from the garden …   Wiktionary

  • eke out — {v.} 1. To fill out or add a little to; increase a little. * /Mr. Jones eked out a country teacher s small salary by hunting and trapping in the winter./ * /The modest meal was eked out with bread and milk./ 2. To get (little) by hard work; to… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • eke out — {v.} 1. To fill out or add a little to; increase a little. * /Mr. Jones eked out a country teacher s small salary by hunting and trapping in the winter./ * /The modest meal was eked out with bread and milk./ 2. To get (little) by hard work; to… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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