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self-made

[self-meyd] /ˈsɛlfˈmeɪd/
adjective
1.
having succeeded in life unaided:
He is a self-made man.
2.
made by oneself.
Origin of self-made
1605-1615
First recorded in 1605-15
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  • As a general rule, self-made men are the only well made men.

  • The vast majority of them are self-made men who started at the bottom of the ladder.

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  • He was a self-made man and was conscious that he had done a good job.

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  • He was the self-made man who had shed the traces of self-making.

  • The mediævals not only had self-government, but their self-government was self-made.

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British Dictionary definitions for self-made

self-made

adjective
1.
having achieved wealth, status, etc, by one's own efforts
2.
made by oneself
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Word Origin and History for self-made
adj.

1610s, "made by oneself," from self- + made. Self-made man first recorded 1832, American English; the sense is "having attained material success in life without extraneous advantages."

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