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pull (or drag) oneself up by one's (own) bootstraps

Definition of pull or drag oneself up by one's own bootstraps in English:

Improve one’s position by one’s own efforts.
Example sentences
  • ‘I want to congratulate the farmer-investors, showing they can pulls themselves up by their bootstraps,’ he said.
  • The whole system being proposed by Ashcroft is actually the equivalent of pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps.
  • It's a bleak view proposed by the Dardennes, and one that flies in the face of old homilies about pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps.
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