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self-destruct

[ self-di-struhkt ]
/ ˈsɛlf dɪˈstrʌkt /
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verb (used without object)
to destroy itself or oneself: The missile is built so that a malfunction will cause it to self-destruct.
to cause itself or oneself to reach a state of collapse, dysfunction, confusion, or the like: The committee is so disorganized it will probably self-destruct before it can accomplish anything.
adjective
causing something to self-destruct: a self-destruct mechanism.
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Origin of self-destruct

An Americanism dating back to 1965–70
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British Dictionary definitions for self-destruct

self-destruct

verb
(intr) to explode or disintegrate automatically as a result of pre-programmingthe missile self-destructed
to destroy oneself, one's reputation, etc, through one's habits or actionsI totally self-destructed with drugs
noun
(as modifier)hit the self-destruct button
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