Neither a nation nor an individual can lift itself by its bootstraps.
It was like trying to raise oneself by pulling at one's own bootstraps.
And the sheriff was mettlesome, used to have high spirits, like as if he's lift himself over the fence with his bootstraps.
Somehow, the client must reach a point where he can lift himself by the bootstraps.
It does try my soul that we can not make them see they are simply trying to lift themselves by their bootstraps.
This looks very much like lifting oneself by one's bootstraps.
Golly, it jest lifts you right up by your bootstraps to think of it, don't it?
She tugged, and the major rose, as one pulled upward by his bootstraps.