bootstrap [bo͞ot′strap΄]
a strap on a boot for pulling it on
undertaken or effected without others' help [a bootstrap operation]
bootstrapped, bootstrapping
1. Informal to cause (esp. oneself) to succeed without the help of others
2. Comput. BOOT1 (vt. 6)
lift oneself by the (or one's own) bootstraps or raise oneself by the (or one's own) bootstraps
to achieve success by one's own unaided efforts

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