eek interj. an expression of fright or surprise.
eke v. to extract with great toil; often used in the phrase eke out.
Words in the Wild: Sharon opened her latest credit card statement with trepidation, and when she saw the balance due let out a shrill “Eek!” Here she’d been trying so hard to eke out a living with what her acting and her temp work brought in, and still she kept sliding further into the hole.
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