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self-made

[self-meyd] /ˈsɛlfˈmeɪd/
adjective
1.
having succeeded in life unaided:
He is a self-made man.
2.
made by oneself.
Origin of self-made
1605-1615
1605-15
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  • Mr. Crayon was self-made, and was willing that it should be known.

    The Candidate Joseph Alexander Altsheler
  • The vast majority of them are self-made men who started at the bottom of the ladder.

    War Taxation Otto H. Kahn
  • His greatest pride lay in the fact that he was a self-made man, and truly he looked as if constructed upon a home made pattern.

  • He was a self-made man and was conscious that he had done a good job.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Daly, being what is termed a self-made man, entertained a prejudice against youths of the leisure class.

    The Blazed Trail Stewart Edward White
British Dictionary definitions for self-made

self-made

adjective
1.
having achieved wealth, status, etc, by one's own efforts
2.
made by oneself
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Word Origin and History for self-made
adj.

1610s, "made by oneself," from self- + made. Self-made man first recorded 1832, American English; the sense is "having attained material success in life without extraneous advantages."

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