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.
See also: bootstrap, by
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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
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
As well may you lift yourselves by your own bootstraps as to explain consciousness by consciousness."
Ryan Forde-Kelly said: "Depressing that this 'pull yourself up, by your own bootstraps' rhetoric still persists from these people.
Pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps is the American way.
"Pick yourself up by your own bootstraps. That's what I do," their counter-posts imply.
The problem with networking as people practice it today is that it implies friendship with people who are actually just mere acquaintances, People have been taught--incorrectly--that "friends and business are taboo." Somehow, pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps has come to mean doing it all by yourself with help from only strangers, But the truth is, you have a powerful network--it's your "Power of WHO!"
But there is always an element of Social Darwinism in a lot of this "pull yourself up by your own bootstraps" kind of thinking.
(Have you ever tried lifting yourself by your own bootstraps - or shoelaces?)