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boot strapper

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boot strapper

noun phrase

A person who succeeds by his own efforts; self-made person: black ''boot strappers,'' teachers, city workers, professionals who have to struggle to make it

[1960s+; fr the expression lift oneself by one's own bootstraps]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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