verb (used without object)
to destroy itself or oneself: The missile is built so that a malfunction will cause it to self-destruct.
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.
causing something to self-destruct: a self-destruct mechanism.

1965–70, Americanism Unabridged
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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
3.  (as modifier): hit the self-destruct button

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Word Origin & History

as a verb, in ref. to things, "to destroy itself automatically," from self + destruct, apparently first attested in the U.S. TV series "Mission Impossible" (1966). Self-destructive is recorded from 1654, and self-destruction "suicide" is attested from 1586.
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Example sentences
Typically, the digital textbook files self-destruct after a set period of time,
  usually a semester or a year.
Most of the new e-books self-destruct after a set period of time, say a
  semester or a year, to prevent resales.
It's not scary, it will not self-destruct if only you would listen.
The interview program warned that the devices would self-destruct if tampered
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