self-destruct(redirected from self-destructs)
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A mechanism for causing a device to destroy itself.
intr.v. self-de·struct·ed, self-de·struct·ing, self-de·structs
To destroy oneself or itself: "died at 28, wasted from years of self-destructing on drugs" (Jack Kroll).
[Back-formation from self-destruction.]
1. (intr) to explode or disintegrate automatically as a result of pre-programming: the missile self-destructed.
2. to destroy oneself, one's reputation, etc, through one's habits or actions: I totally self-destructed with drugs.
(as modifier): hit the self-destruct button.
1. to destroy itself or oneself.adj.
2. causing something to self-destruct.
Past participle: self-destructed