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Pulling yourself up by your boot straps.

Posted by Bluebaron on December 01, 1999

Enough with the computer "hoo-ha"...the phrase long predates computers....originally refers to the effort required to pull on a tight fitting pair of boots (usually grunting and straining). Alludes to achieving success by strenous mental (or physical)application to improve one's socio-economic position.