drag (oneself) up by (one's) (own) bootstraps(redirected from drag oneself up by one's own bootstraps)
drag (oneself) up by (one's) (own) bootstraps
To put forth effort to improve one's life or circumstances, rather than relying on others. After I declared bankruptcy, I had to drag myself up by my bootstraps and rebuild my financial standing. I know you're heartbroken by this breakup, but you just have to drag yourself up by your own bootstraps and get back out there into the dating scene.