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 for crash and burn
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  crash and burn
   vi.,n.
  
      A spectacular crash, in the mode of the conclusion of the car-chase scene
      in the movie Bullitt and many subsequent imitators (compare die horribly
      ). The construction crash-and-burn machine is reported for a computer used
      exclusively for alpha or beta testing, or reproducing bugs (i.e., not for
      development). The implication is that it wouldn't be such a disaster if
      that machine crashed, since only the testers would be inconvenienced.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  crash and burn
  
      A spectacular crash, in the mode of the conclusion of
     the car-chase scene in the movie "Bullitt" and many subsequent
     imitators (compare die horribly).  A Sun-3 display
     screen losing the flyback transformer and lightning strikes
     on VAX-11/780 backplanes are notable crash and burn
     generators.
  
     The construction "crash-and-burn machine" is reported for a
     computer used exclusively for alpha or beta testing, or
     reproducing bugs (i.e. not for development).  The implication
     is that it wouldn't be such a disaster if that machine
     crashed, since only the testers would be inconvenienced.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (1996-02-22)
  

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