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boot up

To turn on a computer. A noun or pronoun can be used between "boot" and "up" I think something is wrong with my computer—it's taking a really long time to boot up.
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haul (oneself) up by bootstraps

To put forth effort 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, haul, up

drag (oneself) up by (one's) (own) bootstraps

To improve one's life or circumstances through one's own efforts, rather than relying on others. After I declared bankruptcy, I had to drag myself up by my bootstraps and rebuild my financial standing. Whenever I hear someone say that poor people just need to drag themselves up by their own bootstraps, I remind them that a lot of people don't have boots.
See also: bootstrap, by, drag, up

pull (oneself) up by (one's) (own) bootstraps

To improve one's life or circumstances through one's own efforts, rather than relying on others. After I declared bankruptcy, I had to pull myself up by my bootstraps and rebuild my financial standing. Whenever I hear someone say that poor people just need to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps, I remind them that a lot of people don't have boots.
See also: bootstrap, by, pull, up

to (one's) bootstraps

Through and through; thoroughly; in every manner or respect. The fellow is stubborn to his bootstraps; he won't even listen to my plan the whole way through! Though he grew up in America, Henry is still a Brit to his 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.
See also: bootstrap, by

pull (oneself) up by the bootstraps

To put forth effort to improve one's life or circumstances, rather than relying on others. After I declared bankruptcy, I had to pull myself up by the bootstraps and rebuild my financial standing. I know you're heartbroken by this breakup, but you just have to pull yourself up by the bootstraps and get back out there into the dating scene.
See also: bootstrap, by, pull, up

boot something up

to start up a computer. She booted her computer up and started writing. Please go boot up your computer so we can get started.
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boot up

[of a computer] to begin operating; to start up one's computer. He turned on the computer and it booted up. Try to boot up again and see what happens.
See also: boot, up

pull oneself up by one's (own) bootstraps

Fig. to improve or become a success by one's own efforts. If Sam had a little encouragement, he could pull himself up by his bootstraps. Given a chance, I'm sure I can pull myself up by my own bootstraps.
See also: bootstrap, by, pull, up

boot up

Start a computer, as in When you've booted up, it's best not to turn off the computer until you're done for the day . The term, dating from the late 1970s, was a shortening of bootstrap, another computer idiom referring to using one set of instructions to load another set of instructions. Also see log in.
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by one's bootstraps

see under pull oneself up.
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pull oneself up by the bootstraps

Succeed by one's own efforts, as in She was homeless for nearly two years, but she managed to pull herself up by the bootstraps. This expression alludes to pulling on high boots by means of the straps or loops attached to them at the top. [Early 1900s]
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pull yourself up by your bootstraps

If someone pulls themselves up by their bootstraps, they improve their situation by their own efforts. Note: Bootstraps are straps attached to a boot which you use for pulling it on. It was his ability to pull himself up by his bootstraps which appealed to his boss. Note: Verbs such as haul, pick and lift are sometimes used instead of pull. Lift yourself up by the bootstraps, young fellow. Make yourself upwardly mobile.
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to your bootstraps

AUSTRALIAN
If someone has a particular characteristic to their bootstraps, that characteristic is very strong in them. Note: Bootstraps are straps attached to a boot which you use for pulling it on. The novel's hero is honourable to his bootstraps. Sir Robert Menzies was British to the bootstraps.
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pull (or drag) yourself up by your own bootstraps

improve your position by your own efforts.
A bootstrap is sometimes sewn into the back of boots to help with pulling them on. This idiom has given rise to the computing term bootstrapping , meaning the process of loading a program into a computer by means of a few initial instructions which enable the introduction of the rest of the program from an input device. We now refer to the process of starting a computer as booting or booting up .
See also: bootstrap, by, own, pull, up

drag/pull yourself up by your (own) ˈbootstraps

(informal) improve your situation yourself, without help from other people: Nobody helped her get where she is today — she pulled herself up by her own bootstraps.
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boot up

v.
1. To cause some computer or similar device to start working and and prepare for operation: This program will boot up your disk drive automatically. My computer is so badly damaged that I can't even boot it up.
2. To start working and prepare for operation. Used of computers and related devices: My new computer boots up in less than 30 seconds.
See also: boot, up

by (one's) (own) bootstraps

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

pull yourself up by your bootstraps

To succeed through hard work. Before zippers made getting into tall boots less of a chore, such footwear had leather attachments by which the wearer would pull them on (Western boots and some English riding dress boots still have them). Trying to raise yourself off the ground by pulling on your bootstraps sounds impossible . . . and it is (don't try it—you'll throw out your back). Therefore to pull yourself up by your bootstraps is to achieve your goals through as much hard work as levitating yourself would take.
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Inspired by Yarowsky's work, Ellen Riloff's research group began exploring bootstrapped learning to create semantic dictionaries.
The early algorithms for bootstrapped semantic lexicon induction exploited the observation that semantically related nouns often co-occur in conjunctions (for example, lions and tigers and bears), lists (for example, lions, tigers, bears ...), appositives (for example, stallions, male horses), and compound nouns (for example, tuna fish).
As in this study input-oriented DEA Bootstrapped model was used in the first stage, the efficiency score 1 represents the technically fully efficient industry while estimated efficiency score of >1 shows the inefficient or less efficient industry.
The estimated SVAR coefficients are then combined with random draws from the residual matrix [??], to construct bootstrapped money growth and output growth series of length 3T, where T is the number of observations of money growth and output.
The standard deviation of the distribution of the bootstrapped estimates of coefficient alpha provides an estimate of the standard error of the alpha.
The midpoint root is African, and remains African even in the bootstrapped trees.
4) For remaining variables or axes, examine histograms of bootstrapped eigenvector coefficients for each variable on each axis and tally pairwise sign changes for all axes.
The bootstrapped forecasts of average demand are then used along with these coefficients to generate 1000 different estimates of PEAK demand.
In the first stage, we applied the bootstrapped DEA variable returns to scale model for measuring the efficiency scores by utilizing the two inputs and three outputs.
Amelia Wilcox, CEO of Salt Lake City-based Incorporate Massage, has bootstrapped her business since the beginning.
The asymptotic validity of these bootstrapped statistics is a straightforward consequence of Proposition 9 and of the continuous mapping theorem.
Velicer, 1976) applied to phi correlations between binary responses; (2) the bootstrapped parallel analysis method (A.
In Jackson (1993a) I was using bootstrapped PCA to evaluate the number of nontrivial or "significant" components from the frequency distribution and the confidence limits of bootstrapped eigenvalues and eigenvector coefficients.
Random permutations of the data yielded a bootstrapped mean KR-20 equal to 0.733 (p=0.012), a bootstrapped mean level of difficulty equal to 0.769 (p=0.212), and a bootstrapped mean point-biserial correlation equal to 0.302 (p=0.273).