eke, eke out (v.) Old form(s): eech , eeke , ich
add to, increase, supplement
AW II.v.74[Helena to Bertram] [I shall] seek to eke out that / Wherein toward me my homely stars have failed / To equal my great fortune
AYL I.ii.183[Celia to Rosalind, of both offering strength to support Orlando] And mine, to eke out hers
H5 III.chorus.35[Chorus] Still be kind, / And eke out our performance with your mind
MV III.ii.23[Portia to Bassanio] I speak too long, but 'tis to piece the time, / To eke it and to draw it out in length [F ich; Q ech]
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