сожрать саму себя

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21:41 Mar 21, 2018
Russian to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature
Russian term or phrase: сожрать саму себя
I think it's about stopping democracy from self-destructing. Would appreciate any advice about this phrase. Here's the context:

- Смысл демократии во многом в том, чтобы она не сожрала саму себя, - сказал X. – И этим в том числе занимается моё ведомство.
Sarah McDowell
Canada
Local time: 18:06


Summary of answers provided
3 +1cease to exist / destory (ruin) itself
Turdimurod Rakhmanov
3turn against itself
Rashid Lazytech


Discussion entries: 9





  

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5 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5
turn against itself


Explanation:
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Why did the French Revolution turn against itself when the American Revolution didn't? | eNotes
https://www.enotes.com/homework-help/why-did-french-revoluti...
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Why did the French Revolution turn against itself when the American Revolution didn't?

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The Haitian Revolution – Elpidio Valdes
https://elpidiovaldes.wordpress.com/2011/11/02/the-haitian-r...
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In August 1791, thousands of slaves rose up in Saint Domingue, led by a voodoo high priest named Boukman, in a war for their freedom. Over the next decade, the revolt destroyed the power of white planters and their estates and laid waste to the French colony. Amidst the violence, a group of charismatic black leaders emerged. The most famous was the former slave Toussaint L’Ouverture. Over more than a decade, the rebellious slaves defeated invading armies from France, England, and Spain. The black leadership eventually turned against itself in a struggle for control of the revolution. Tragically betrayed, Toussaint would eventually die in a French prison, and his lieutenant, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, would declare the creation of an independent Haiti in 1804. The final section of this outline turns to the significance of the Haitian Revolution for all of the Americas.

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Rashid Lazytech
Local time: 04:06
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4 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5 peer agreement (net): +1
cease to exist / destory (ruin) itself


Explanation:
I would say:
cease to exist
destory (ruin) itself might work as well

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TYPO:
destory-
"destroy"

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Note added at 12 hrs (2018-03-22 10:28:21 GMT)
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VERSION:

1. democracy will *annihilate* itsel
2. democracy will *eat* itself
3. democracy will *swallow up* itself


Turdimurod Rakhmanov
Kyrgyzstan
Local time: 05:06
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Native speaker of: Native in UzbekUzbek, Native in KirghizKirghiz
PRO pts in category: 16

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agree  The Misha: A++++! How very insightful! How could we possibly miss all that?
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