pull yourself up by your own bootstraps = drag yourself up by your own bootstraps
improve your position by your own efforts
bootstrap is sometimes sewn into the back of boots to help with pulling them on.
This idiom has given rise to the computing term bootstrapping, meaning the process of loading a program into a computer by means of a few initial instructions which enable the introduction of the rest of the program from aninputdevice.Wenowrefertotheprocessof starting a computer as booting or booting up.
Related Idioms and Phrases :
shake your booty
dance energetically - informal
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