Etymology
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self-destruct (v.)

in reference to things, "destroy itself automatically;" see self- + destruct, apparently first attested in the U.S. television series "Mission Impossible" (1966). Self-destructive "having the property of annulling itself" is recorded from 1650s, and self-destruction "destruction of oneself, suicide" is attested from 1580s; self-destroying (n.) is from 1610s.

updated on April 18, 2022

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Definitions of self-destruct from WordNet

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