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  • n. Plural form of bootstrap.


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  • Ken Peters, Peer Liaison for San Diego County through Recovery Innovations of California: I do feel the idea that homeless people with mental illness need only 'pull themselves up by their bootstraps' is ridiculous.

    Christine Schanes: Homelessness Myth #15: Just Pull Yourself Up From Your Bootstraps

  • Barack Obama has lifted himself by his bootstraps from the South Side of Chicago to be an intelligent and charasmatic leader.

    Obama addresses rumors head-on at pro-Israel conference

  • Hauling yourself up by your bootstraps is very difficult.

    Up By Your Bootstraps

  • This same subtext about the need for the Iraqis to pull themselves up by the bootstraps was the chorus in almost all of the commentary last week.

    Gordon Marino: Operation Self-Deception

  • For Peru to pull herself up by her bootstraps will be a hideously long and painful process, especially when social planning must proceed under the handicap of such immediate pressures as I described.

    The True Peru

  • Conservatives have so often cried "socialism!" that it's now nothing more than a bygone has-been of a warning - a cheap and lazy namedrop, a wilted way to self-identify as a bootstraps-and-heartland sort of citizen.


  • Well, I began to think about this and came to the realization that coming out of my kind of background and watching the people who were able to rise to level of -- levels of success, the question was not about not having bootstraps but, in fact, knowing that we all had bootstraps, and our bootstraps were our dreams, our imaginations, our sense of destiny, what we wanted to do with our lives and teachers who challenged us to look within ourself and find our inner strength and grow from those strengths, as opposed to what others perceived to be our weaknesses.

    The Way of the Bootstrapper: Nine Action Steps For Achieving Your Dreams

  • Furthermore, Republican Party messaging has always revolved around the rhetoric of the "bootstraps" party of self-determination, manifest destiny, and the importance of family.

    Pablo Manriquez: It Would Behoove the Republican Party to Immediately Stop Pissing Off Latinos

  • Sadly, my footwear never came with "bootstraps," so needless to say my school years weren't my best.


  • You know, that whole conservative "bootstraps" thing.

    Little More Light Today


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