by (one's) (own) bootstraps

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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.
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by one's bootstraps

see under pull oneself up.
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by (one's) (own) bootstraps

By one's own efforts.
See also: bootstrap, by