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self-destructverb [I]

uk   us   /ˌself.dɪˈstrʌkt/
If a ​machine or ​weapon self-destructs, it ​destroys itself, ​especially in a way that is ​planned: An ​investigation is ​underway after a ​missile self-destructed ​shortly after it was ​launched.(the/sb's) self-destruct button a ​characteristic in a ​person that makes them ​likely to ​fail because of ​their own ​actions: At least he ​reached the ​semifinal before ​hitting the self-destruct ​button.
self-destruction
noun [U] uk   us   /ˌself.dɪˈstrʌk.ʃən/
Barrymore was a ​wonderfulactorbent on self-destruction.
self-destructive
adjective uk   us   /ˌself.dɪˈstrʌk.tɪv/
He is ​rebellious, ​aggressive and at ​times self-destructive.
(Definition of self-destruct from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “self-destruct”
in Chinese (Simplified) (尤指按既定程序)自毁,自爆…
in Chinese (Traditional) (尤指按既定程式)自毀,自爆…
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