Meaning of self-destruct

self-de•struct

Pronunciation: (self'di-strukt'), [key]
— v.i.
  1. to destroy itself or oneself: The missile is built so that a malfunction will cause it to self-destruct.
  2. 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.
—adj.
  1. causing something to self-destruct: a self-destruct mechanism.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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