Bootstrap



a loop of leather or cloth sewn at the top rear, or sometimes on each side, of a boot to facilitate pulling it on.
a means of advancing oneself or accomplishing something:
He used his business experience as a bootstrap to win voters.
relying entirely on one’s efforts and resources:
The business was a bootstrap operation for the first ten years.
self-generating or self-sustaining:
a bootstrap process.
Computers. boot1 (def 24).
to help (oneself) without the aid of others:
She spent years bootstrapping herself through college.
pull oneself up by one’s bootstraps, to help oneself without the aid of others; use one’s resources:
I admire him for pulling himself up by his own bootstraps.
Contemporary Examples

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Impeach the Supreme Court Justices If They Overturn Health-Care Law David R. Dow April 2, 2012

Historical Examples

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noun
a leather or fabric loop on the back or side of a boot for pulling it on
by one’s bootstraps, by one’s own bootstraps, by one’s own efforts; unaided
(modifier) self-acting or self-sufficient, as an electronic amplifier that uses its output voltage to bias its input

Also boot. a technique for loading the first few program instructions into a computer main store to enable the rest of the program to be introduced from an input device
(as modifier): a bootstrap loader

(commerce) an offer to purchase a controlling interest in a company, esp with the intention of purchasing the remainder of the equity at a lower price
verb (transitive) -straps, -strapping, -strapped
to set up or achieve (something) using minimal resources
(foll by to) to attach (something) to a larger or more important thing
n.

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