by one's own bootstraps

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of by one's own bootstraps

: without help from other people : as a result of one's own hard work
  • Despite many obstacles, she has pulled herself up by her own bootstraps.

Word by Word Definitions

own play
  1. : belonging to oneself or itself

  2. used to express immediate or direct kinship

  1. : to have or hold as property : possess

  2. : to have power or mastery over

  3. : to acknowledge to be true, valid, or as claimed : admit

  1. : one or ones belonging to oneself

bootstrap play bootstraps
  1. : a looped strap sewed at the side or the rear top of a boot to help in pulling it on

  2. : unaided efforts

  1. : designed to function independently of outside direction : capable of using one internal function or process to control another

  2. : carried out with minimum resources or advantages

  1. : to promote or develop by initiative and effort with little or no assistance


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