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  • n  a strap that is looped and sewn to the top of a boot for pulling it on
  • v  help oneself, often through improvised means

  • The 76-year-old had spent the convention bemoaning the laziness of the country's Malay population, which he's tried to bootstrap into prosperity for two decades.
  • Indonesia discovered just how treacherous the market can be in the 1990s when that country's government tried to bootstrap an aircraft-manufacturing industry by building 100-seat .
  • Perhaps the most highly placed of these bootstrap female executives is Verna Gibson, who in May was named president of Limited Stores (see box).
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  • Henry Waxman in Salt Lake Tribune
    This is a bootstrap argument that conflicts with the plain language of the statute and blatantly misconstrues the Supreme Court's recent holding,Waxman wrote. "EPA used the permit decision to enunciate a tortured new legal theory for why...
  • Bill Gates in
    There's a lot that has to be done to make it really comfortable and easy to spend small amounts of money online,Gates says. "Music is definitely one of the applications that's going to bootstrap that kind of consumer,...
  • Dave Winer in All Headline News
    Winer writes, "ten years ago, a weblog named Scripting News appeared for the first time...... Today, it is the longest continuing running weblog on the Internet." "It helped bootstrap the blogging world. Many of the earliest weblogs were...

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