bootstraps

[[t]bu͟ːtstræps[/t]]
PHRASE: V inflects
If you have pulled yourself up by your bootstraps, you have achieved success by your own efforts, starting from very difficult circumstances and without help from anyone.

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • bootstraps — To get on by one s own efforts ● boot * * * bootstraps UK [ˈbuːtˌstræps] US [ˈbutˌstræps] noun Phrase: pull yourself up by your bootstraps …   Useful english dictionary

  • Bootstraps — Bootstraps: From an American Academic of Color (ISBN 0814103774) is a book by Victor Villanueva speaking of the troubles of assimilation due to his Puerto Rican heritage. [cite book |title=Writing Games: Multicultural Case Studies of Academic… …   Wikipedia

  • bootstraps — n. to pull oneself up by one s own bootstraps ( to emerge from poverty through one s own efforts ) * * * to pull oneself up by one s own bootstraps ( to emerge from poverty through one s own efforts ) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • bootstraps — boot|straps [ˈbu:tstræps] n [plural] [Date: 1900 2000; Origin: bootstrap piece of leather or cloth attached to the back of a boot to make it easier to pull on (19 20 centuries)] pull/haul yourself up by your bootstraps to improve your position… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • bootstraps — boot|straps [ but,stræps ] noun pull yourself up by your bootstraps to become richer or more successful through your own hard work, without anyone else s help …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • bootstraps — noun (plural) pull /haul yourself up by your bootstraps to improve your position and get out of a difficult situation by your own effort, without help from other people …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • bootstraps — UK [ˈbuːtˌstræps] / US [ˈbutˌstræps] noun pull yourself up by your bootstraps …   English dictionary

  • bootstraps — n. strap or tie of a boot v. accomplish by oneself, do without the help of others …   English contemporary dictionary

  • pull yourself up by your bootstraps — I. Pull yourself up by your bootstraps If you pull yourself up by your bootstraps, you make the effort to improve things for yourself. II. Pull yourself up by your bootstraps If you pull yourself up by your bootstraps, you improve your problem or …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • by\ one's\ own\ bootstraps — • pull oneself up by the bootstraps • pull oneself up by one s own bootstraps • drag oneself up by one s boot straps adv. phr. To succeed without help; succeed by your own efforts. He had to pull himself up by the bootstraps …   Словарь американских идиом

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