verb (ek, ing)
- To increase; to add to; to augment; now commonly used with out, the notion conveyed being to add to, or piece out by a laborious, inferior, or scanty addition.
Etymology: Old English Äecan
- to eke out a scanty supply of one kind with some other
- 1952, The typical medieval house was essentially a timber structure, though, for reasons of economy, its construction was eked out with cheaper material; and, speaking loosely, the later the house the greater the proportion of cheap material. — L.F. Salzman, Building in England, page 192.
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