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a strap that is looped and sewn to the top of a boot for pulling it on

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help oneself, often through improvised means

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Boot-strapping results when alpha particles, helium nuclei produced in the deuterium-tritium (DT) fusion process, deposit their energy in the DT fuel, rather than escaping.
Boot-strapping, friends and family, angel financing.
This boot-strapping process evaluates the likelihood of a fact being true based on facts we already know, the track record of facts extracted by the web crawler about the same objects and relations, and the track record of facts extracted from the same site.
After a year of boot-strapping, the company moved into a new office (pictured below) and has just announced that it will receive $100,000 in angel investment funding from the 2009 winners of the TechFellow Awards for high-tech entrepreneurs that's sponsored by TechCrunch and Founders Fund.
Boot-strapping efforts such as a pre-season pre-order program have proved inadequate to help Wild Heaven Farm back to its fiscal feet.