identical to cannibalise
- consume man skin
- usage elements of one thing to fix something different
Use (a machine) as a source of spare components for another, similar machine.
1798 (in Burke's memoirs), figurative, and meaning "be perverted into cannibalism," from cannibal + -ize. Indicating "take components from building and make use of all of them in another" is from 1943, originally of armed forces gear. Associated: Cannibalized; cannibalizing.
Stripping a machine or gear of usable components, to keep the same or comparable device in working order.