American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A mechanism for causing a device to destroy itself.
- v. To destroy oneself or itself: "died at 28, wasted from years of self-destructing on drugs” ( Jack Kroll).
- v. To destroy oneself.
- v. do away with oneself or itself
- self- + destruct (Wiktionary)
- Back-formation from self-destruction. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Bonjean said Romney clearly wants to let Perry "walk out on his own plank with his own saw" -- in other words, self-destruct.”
“I watched one remarkable president, Lyndon Johnson, self-destruct because he could not level with the American people about a war he was waging in their name.”
“The distinction between "celebrity" and "star" was quite different in those days, and while there have always been actors who self-destruct, watching it happen today seems to have become almost a blood sport.”
“Maybe s/he will be so nutty, so unreasonable, so vile, that, assuming you're not equally horrible justifying a "plague on both your houses" mentality by the judge, s/he will self-destruct.”
“A siren blared through the halls, indicating that the self-destruct had been initiated.”
“Cuomo has mostly been able to kickback and watch Paladino's campaign self-destruct.”
“Obama, with his characteristic tone of bridge-building and moderation, may hope the gods will smile on him and the Republican Party will self-destruct while he holds the reasonable high ground.”
“Eventually he will self-destruct, but how much damage will be done is the underlying issue.”
“Democrats are great you can just sit back and watch them self-destruct ......”
“After this period of self-destruct, a public option can be introduced and the treacherous Republicans will have nothing to cry about.”
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Obviates the need for other devices or calculations--it will have a button for everything, and it will solve everything.
pretty open-ended here—terms, ideas, lingo, technologies and phenomena (real or postulated) that are, were, should be or could be used in speculative fiction
"A new word created by removing an affix from an already existing word, as vacuum clean from vacuum cleaner, or by removing what is mistakenly thought to be an affix, as pea from the earlier Englis...
Inspired by the hilarious discussion of the word bant at around the five-minute mark of this video.
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