Sabotage

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Sabotage

The willful destruction or impairment of, or defective production of, war material or national defense material, or harm to war premises or war utilities. During a labor dispute, the willful and malicious destruction of an employer's property or interference with his normal operations.

The objective of sabotage is to halt all production, rather than to destroy or imperil human life. The original act of sabotage is thought to have occurred not long after the introduction of machinery when someone slipped a workman's wooden shoe, called a sabot, into a loom in order to stop production. Sabotage is a crime.

See: damage, disable, disloyalty, impair, pillage, spoil, subversion
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Charlie had a fling with Bev before falling for Shelley; Charlie finally beds barmaid Shelley after taking her for a posh meal; Jealous Bev, centre, tries to sabatoge ex-lover Charlie's growing romance with her daughter Shelley
Trying to achieve success on someone else's terms (even if that someone is a worthy mentor or role model) is just one of the ways we can sabatoge our own efforts to negotiate challenges and achieve objectives.
Was he, as Manuel would have us believe, trying to sabatoge the Balfour Declaration?