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Jonestown Defense  

Definition 1.

A defensive strategy where the target company engages in an activity that might actually ruin the company, rather than prevent the hostile takeover. Also known as a 'suicide pill.'
 

Definition 2.

An extreme kind of poison pill in which a company trying to avoid a hostile takeover will use tactics so extreme that they threaten the company's ability to survive. The term refers to the 1978 Jonestown massacre.
 
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