Definition of bootstrap noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

bootstrap

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈbuːtstræp//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbuːtstræp//
 
 
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Idioms
pull/drag yourself up by your (own) bootstraps
 
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(informal) to improve your situation yourself, without help from other people
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bootstrap