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self-made man

One who became successful and/or wealthy through hard work and not by inheritance or help from others. Joe is a self-made man who worked long, hard hours to turn his small business into a large, successful company.
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self-made man, a

A man who has become rich and influential through his own actions, without the help of inherited wealth, powerful friends, or similar assistance. This term originated earlier but came into wide use from the nineteenth century on, when the phenomenon itself became more common. Two twentieth-century writers are among those who used it ironically. “A self-made man is one who believes in luck and sends his son to Oxford,” wrote the novelist Christina Stead (House of All Nations, 1938); and E. B. White (One Man’s Meat, 1944) wrote, “Luck is not something you can mention in the presence of self-made men.”
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Whatever they were, they were self-made men, she concluded; and she felt the impulse to shudder at thought of falling into their hands in a business way.
To the astonishment of all, the self-made men took even ground at once with the oldest of the regular graduates, and in a few months the most conservative circles of Boston and New York had quite forgotten who of their gownsmen was college-bred, and who was not.
Douglass spoke in his most popular lecture, "Self-Made Men", of people who rise through their own effort and devotion rather than circumstances of privilege.
All his predecessors from 1935 to 1961 were self-made men, or men molded in the professional image of public education, or both; a line that ended with Diosdado Macapagal, himself a self-made man.
"The vast majority of the names on our list are self-made men and women, which shows not only the strength of the Indian community's entrepreneurial spirit, but also of the opportunities afforded to them by the region they have chosen to call home," said Arabian Business editor Ed Attwood.
Presented with an opportunity to talk about the backgrounds of GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his I running mate, Paul Ryan, MacDonald described both as "self-made men from humble beginnings."
Both Mr Hoyle and Mr Davy are wealthy, self-made men and the Huddersfield public has great respect for them and admiration for what they have done for Town and the Giants.
While some self-made men prefer owning newspapers and others football clubs, Alan Sugar bought a London club: his time there was not altogether happy.
Sons and daughters of self-made men; improvising gender, place, nation in American literature.
The claim is fairly typical of those made by self-made men in 19th century Wales wanting to prove an aristocratic background where in fact there was none.
These were the decades during which a string of forceful and domineering self-made men were at or near the height of their powers.
The culture of ambition, of incessant striving, flowed from the dilemma of failing in a society that had adopted "the go-ahead principle" of self-made men as a new ideal of achievement.
THERE is always a public sympathy towards the heirs of the self-made men who bestride our world.
Maggie, for all her sins, preferred self-made men to Hooray Henrys.
This extended, frantic thrash against the current, the last 30 years of his life, served Ford's memory poorly; he washed up, a bigoted lump, on the wrong side of history, a monument to the tragic reactionism of self-made men.