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.
- Pulling yourself up by your boot straps. Raymond Archer 12/01/99