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boot up

To turn on a computer. A noun can be used between "boot" and "up" or after "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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 .
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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.
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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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The mutual bootstrapping algorithm described in the next section brought together these seemingly different tasks of learning information extraction patterns and learning semantic dictionaries.
And they optimized the bootstrapping procedure of Alperin-Sheriff and Peikert [20] using the matrix GSW-FHE scheme [13].
The concept of financial bootstrapping for small businesses originated from Bhide (1992) and it has received increased academic attention, particularly in developed economies (Winborg, 2015).
The first three columns are the results without weighting (i), the second three columns are the results with population weights only (ii), and the last three columns are the results with both population weights and bootstrapping (iii).
The specific research objective of this study is to examine if bootstrapping procedure improve the quantitative estimation as long as the estimators make some explicit reason for their estimation in their two estimations.
La dificultad de establecer un defeater sugiere que el problema del bootstrapping afecta tambien estos, lo que Titelbaum (2010) denomina no lose epistemology (10).
A related issue arises if the standard error of the sample average of a function is calculated by bootstrapping. The earliest work on bootstrap estimation by Efron (1979) recognized the problem of balancing x values that were fixed in repeated samples with the analyst's desire to generate a distribution of parameter values and subsequent functions of those parameters.
Although the bootstrap methodology appears to be a viable alternative for improving the accuracy of inferences about parameter values (Carpenter, Goldstein, & Rasbash, 2003; Shieh & Fouladi, 2002), applications of bootstrapping are rare within the multilevel arena.
The idea behind bootstrapping is that the bootstrap samples represent random re-orderings of the data that mimic the behaviour of the CUSUM if no change has occurred.
Performance evaluation using bootstrapping DEA techniques: Evidence from industry ratio analysis.
When Irish author James Joyce penned this in his novel Ulysses (1922), did he know that bootstrapping, which means rising on one's own efforts and resources, would be more commonly used to describe the adventurous journey of a tribe of entrepreneurs.
This article focuses on bootstrapping based not on the physical enablement of Z but instead on its legal enablement--situations in which action Y transforms Z from legally problematic, if not clearly impermissible, to legally permissible.
Bootstrapping is an alternative approach to generating confidence limits and probabilities about the true value of the effect, and it is the only approach when the sampling distribution is either not known or too difficult to quantify.
Chernick, a biostatician in medical research, and LaBudde, a mathematical software developer, explain that in statistics, bootstrapping is a technique of making inferences about a sampling distribution of a statistic by resampling the sample itself with replacement, as if it were a finite population.