Etymology
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self-destruct (v.)

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.

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Definitions of self-destruct

self-destruct (v.)
do away with oneself or itself;
The machine will self-destruct if you tamper with it
Synonyms: self-destroy
From wordnet.princeton.edu