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.
See also: bootstrap, by
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by (one's) (own) bootstraps

By one's own efforts.
See also: bootstrap, by
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King said it's "all right to say to a man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps, but it's a cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps." If we're going to hold poor people responsible, let's give out more boots.
He hinted himself up by his own bootstraps and he believed that the fundamental duty of the Church was pastoral, the care of souls.
Lifting himself by his own bootstraps, this remarkable man also became a newspaper editor and U.S.
Lappano said Anderson will pull himself up by his own bootstraps, if others have not already done so.
How do you think it makes Phil Caldwell feel to pull himself up by his own bootstraps, nearly fracturing his tibia in the process, and then find all that?
Douglas was, and still is, known as a man of the West, a poor kid who raised himself by his own bootstraps, rode the rails East, made himself a brilliant lawyer and then took on the powerful Wall Street interests.