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bootstrap

[ boot-strap ]
/ ˈbutˌstræp /
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noun
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.
adjective
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.
verb (used with object), boot·strapped, boot·strap·ping.
to help (oneself) without the aid of others: She spent years bootstrapping herself through college.
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Idioms about bootstrap

    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.

Origin of bootstrap

First recorded in 1890–95; boot1 + strap
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British Dictionary definitions for bootstrap

bootstrap
/ (ˈbuːtˌstræp) /

noun
verb -straps, -strapping or -strapped (tr)
to set up or achieve (something) using minimal resources
(foll by to) to attach (something) to a larger or more important thing
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