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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But if we want to pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps, it has to be mining .
But we cannot pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps.
More and more, we accept the notion that we have to, in a way, pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps. While the 112th Congress may be more receptive to tort reform, primarily, we have to look to the states for legislative solutions.
We in Oregon need to pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps before we are overwhelmed with an $8.4 billion and rapidly rising annual transportation bill.
CBI North director Steve Rankin said "We will pull ourself up by our own bootstraps but the Government do need to help us maximise our potential.
One hopes, however, that it will be found there alongside studies of a more deeply analytical character, even side by side with some that take a positive view of things, such as "By Our Own Bootstraps: Economic Opportunity and the Dynamics of Income Distribution," which is the 1995 Annual Report of the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank.