by one's bootstraps

by (one's) (own) bootstraps

By one's own efforts to improve one's life or circumstances, rather than relying on others. After I declared bankruptcy, I had to haul myself up by my bootstraps and rebuild my financial standing.
See also: bootstrap, by

by one's bootstraps

see under pull oneself up.
See also: bootstrap, by
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Republicans' greater satisfaction, relative to Democrats', with the possibility of pulling oneself up by one's bootstraps aligns with their more conservative political credo.