verb (used without object)
Origin of self-destruct
Examples from the Web for self-destruct
Because of its “self-destruct” reputation, the app is a popular tool among youngsters for transmitting sexually explicit material.‘The Snappening’ Is Real: 90,000 Private Photos and 9,000 Hacked Snapchat Videos Leak Online|Marlow Stern|October 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At this point, why not sit back and wait for this crazy experiment to self-destruct?
While we self-destruct, we continue our arrogant dance with greed.
Newt could self-destruct before that, but waiting for such a meltdown is not a strategy.Don't Count Mitt Romney Out of the 2012 GOP Nomination Battle Yet|Howard Kurtz|December 12, 2011|DAILY BEAST
And like Stuxnet before it, Duqu was designed to self-destruct weeks after infecting a particular machine.New Computer Malware May Presage Another Cyberattack, Potentially on Iran|R.M. Schneiderman|November 16, 2011|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for self-destruct
Word Origin and History for self-destruct
in reference to things, "to destroy itself automatically," from self- + destruct, apparently first attested in the U.S. television series "Mission Impossible" (1966). Self-destructive is recorded from 1650s, and self-destruction "suicide" is attested from 1580s.