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(v.) to cause a system (usually a computer system) to build itself; to build something complex by giving a simple instruction. From the concept of "pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps."
That virus crashed (def. 6) my Solaris box (def. 8), so I had to bootstrap it from the CD.
by heikediguoren September 13, 2006
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(n.) An article of clothing which, when yanked upon, will yield a rising of socioeconomic status and an appreciation of one's accomplishments. Often worn with spats, top hat, and monocle.
"Why don't you go get a job, you bum? Why, after graduating from Harvard I pulled myself up by my own bootstraps and, by God, got to where I am today!"
by Jazzy McR February 18, 2007
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An establishment which one reluctantly visits after a long indecisive search for a pub/club/restaurant/cafe. Selected not for its superiority to previously considered establishments, but as a last resort.

The term bootstrap originated in the UK. When searching for a place to each lunch, many eventually choose to eat a Boots ยฃ3.29 meal deal because they have given up searching for alternative that can be agreed upon. A highly available outlet in conjunction with rising hunger levels eventuate in people being caught in a 'boots trap'. Unfulfilled and disappointed, one wishes they picked the cafe they had encountered half an hour ago.

Although its' use traditionally refers to establishments, its' use has often been used to refer to other last resort acquisitions that are subjectively less pleasing than previously rejected (and now unavailable) alternatives. (e.g. buying a car, hooking up at a bar/party).
a. We ended up in a right bootstrap last night.
b. Why? There are so many good bars around that part of town.
a. Yeah I know.. but we couldn't agree on one, and we had been walking around for ages.
by Yelnaaah January 12, 2015
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A derogatory word for Italian douchebags. The term "Bootstrap" originates from the Italian peninsula's resemblance of a boot.
Those god damned Bootstraps won't stop talking about their meatballs.
by Your Local Memer December 19, 2017
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A small gun that you keep in your boot and use to commit armed robbery thus elevating your economic status in society.
Let's get this money foo, you got your bootstrap?
by Skatchface February 01, 2017
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Boot Strap - Early latin and greek use of the phrase points towards "me gan light a boot strap" ie I am going to light up a large joint.
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by EX jungle posse April 12, 2011
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