Meaning of “pull/haul yourself up by the/your (own) bootstraps” in the English Dictionary

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"pull/haul yourself up by the/your (own) bootstraps" in British English

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pull/haul yourself up by the/your (own) bootstraps

to improve your situation without any help from other people:

He left school at 15 and pulled himself up by his bootstraps to ultimately head up a company.

(Definition of “pull/haul yourself up by the/your (own) bootstraps” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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