One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Improve one's position by one's own efforts.
- ‘I feel like we just walked out of a 90-minute commercial, an advertisement for the American dream: working hard, pulling yourself up by your bootstraps, not asking questions.’
- ‘If this means pulling ourselves up by our own bootstraps and taking on historically new work, so be it.’
- ‘If you make it there - pull yourself up by your bootstraps and out of the projects - you can make it anywhere.’
- ‘In the meantime, I'm off to pull up my bootstraps and start slaughtering neighbourhood pets for food; I wouldn't want to shirk my duties by living off of governmental largesse.’
- ‘Aboriginal people have been housed in the cheapest, most inadequate shacks in over-crowded conditions for more than a century, and now they're being told to show a little initiative and pull themselves up by their own bootstraps.’
- ‘It's a bleak view proposed by the Dardennes, and one that flies in the face of old homilies about pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps.’
- ‘And besides, wealth disparity on campus can to a certain extent motivate students to work harder and pull themselves up by their bootstraps.’
- ‘And if I found myself wanting to have a pity party, I would let it last for maybe three or four minutes, and then I'd get up, and Grandma Fairchild would say to me, you pull your bootstraps up, girl, and keep going.’
- ‘Those in poverty, and they were numerous, were buoyed up by constant evidence of people pulling themselves up by their own bootstraps.’
- ‘But he pulled himself up by his bootstraps to become a businessman.’
- ‘As Cosby pointed out, at some point you have to pull up the bootstraps and take some responsibility for yourself and family.’
- ‘Gee, good thing you learned to pull yourself up by your own bootstraps, but please have a little consideration for some who didn't quite make it to your neck of the woods.’
- ‘And I remember Grandma saying that when I was a little girl, and I pulled myself up by my bootstraps and I marched right into the shopping center.’
- ‘The whole system being proposed by Ashcroft is actually the equivalent of pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps.’
- ‘‘I want to congratulate the farmer-investors, showing they can pulls themselves up by their bootstraps,’ he said.’
- ‘They believed you had to be born into greatness; we believe that people can pull themselves up by their bootstraps to a higher station in life.’
- ‘Why can't I just pull myself up by my bootstraps and do this living thing well, fitting in the good stuff effortlessly, being the person I want to, the parent (the only parent) my son so desperately needs?’
- ‘From a human interest point of view, these are people pulling themselves up by their bootstraps.’
- ‘He is a wealthy man who became wealthy by pulling himself up by his bootstraps, working hard and having a better idea.’
- ‘After listening to the presentations of my classmates, I became more aware of how what I had been taught about ‘pulling oneself up by one's bootstraps’ is not always an option for people of all races and ethnicities.’
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