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
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Lippmann described the challenge as pulling oneself up by one's own bootstraps: using a flawed democracy to fix a flawed democracy.
Washington's ideal of pulling oneself up by one's own bootstraps," and he believed along with Washington that the majority of African Americans "needed models, heroes, to mold public opinion and for the elevation of public sentiment" (19-21).
Scott Klinger's statement in the article about the cultural myth of pulling oneself up by one's own bootstraps begs for some historical analysis because this myth is in sharp contrast to the ideology of America's founding generation and, in addition, is contrary to the ideas of the father of modern capitalism, Adam Smith.