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self-destruct

verb [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 brilliant actor bent on self-destruction.
self-destructive
adjective uk   us   /ˌself.dɪˈstrʌk.tɪv/
He is rebellious, aggressive and at times self-destructive.
Translations of “self-destruct”
in Chinese (Traditional) (尤指按既定程式)自毀,自爆…
in Chinese (Simplified) (尤指按既定程序)自毁,自爆…
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