Post by occam Post by Athel Cornish-Bowden
Eking ahead of Republican incumbent Matt Bevin, Andy Beshear declared
victory the gubernatorial race. But Bevin has yet to concede.
I've come across "eke out", though I don't think I've ever said it, but
never "eking". Is that a standard usage?
"Ekeing out a living" is familiar to me. "Eking ahead" is not, but the
meaning is clear, therefore bound to be acceptable? (Eeek!)
a. transitive. To increase, add to, lengthen. Also absol. neither to eke nor to pair
(Scottish): neither to add to nor take from. Proverb, every (also a) little ekes. archaic
3. to eke out:
a. to supplement, supply the deficiencies of anything (const. with); esp. to make
(resources, materials, articles of consumption, etc.) last the required time by additions,
by partial use of a substitute, or by economy.
I don't think "eking ahead" could be considered transitive use.