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bootstrapping

[′büt‚strap·iŋ]
(electronics)
A technique for lifting a generator circuit above ground by a voltage value derived from its own output signal.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"Hopefully we have got a few characters in there who can get some boot straps and drag the rest of the lads through it.
Specialist schools have been hailed as the key to help pull failing schools up by their boot straps - preventing nearly half a million youngsters being put on the scrap heap each year.
But Woolworth was ingenious enough to know a good idea when he heard one, and he soon persuaded his boss to lend him $315.41 worth of "Yankee Notions" -- combs, button hooks, thimbles, collar buttons, boot straps, harmonicas and other sundry goods that made up the bulk of the 5-cent merchandise -- so that he could open up his own store in Utica, N.Y.
Stacey, who works as a training officer for Norwich Union and insists he is an "honest man", added: "Yes, she did have a past which I knew about, but people are entitled to pull themselves up by their boot straps.
And Bryan Robson's quality Middlesbrough side were clinging on by their frayed boot straps when normally nerveless veteran Digby - darling of the Swindon terraces for 10 years - had his brainstorm.
The goal should be to provide them with the opportunities that you haven't had and the kinds of experiences that you had to catch by the boot straps. Otherwise, leadership will occur by accident, as it did, regrettably, in corporate America for a while.
Unlike many of the influential figures in the Labour Party of his day, despite the taste for a finer life that was entirely the result of pulling himself up by his own boot straps, Bevan was an implacable enemy of the type of inequality that scarred the society he lived in.
Berwick, who looked doomed a few short weeks ago, have hauled themselves up by the boot straps and out of the bottom two, but they will have their work cut out to improve on their recent record when they travel to take on top of the table Stocksfield.
When she was chosen to join Girls Aloud, she was the tough one, the no-nonsense tattooed estate girl from Newcastle who had pulled herself up by her high-heeled boot straps and fought for a chance of a new life.