haul (oneself) up by bootstraps(redirected from haul themselves up by bootstraps)
haul (oneself) up by bootstraps
To put forth effort 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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