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 for bootstrap
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a strap that is looped and sewn to the top of a boot for
           pulling it on
      v 1: help oneself, often through improvised means

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

      To load and initialise the
     operating system on a computer.  Normally abbreviated to
     "{boot".  From the curious expression "to pull oneself up by
     one's bootstraps", one of the legendary feats of Baron von
     Munchhausen.  The bootstrap loader is the program that runs
     on the computer before any (normal) program can run.  Derived
     terms include reboot, cold boot, warm boot, soft boot
     and hard boot.
     The term also applies to the use of a compiler to compile
     itself.  The usual process is to write an interpreter for a
     language, L, in some other existing language.  The compiler is
     then written in L and the interpreter is used to run it.  This
     produces an executable for compiling programs in L from the
     source of the compiler in L.  This technique is often used to
     verify the correctness of a compiler.  It was first used in
     the LISP community.
     See also My Favourite Toy Language.
     [{Jargon File]

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