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
Local time: 18:06

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

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turn against itself


Note added at 5 hrs (2018-03-22 02:59:44 GMT)

Why did the French Revolution turn against itself when the American Revolution didn't? | eNotes

Why did the French Revolution turn against itself when the American Revolution didn't?


The Haitian Revolution – Elpidio Valdes

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.


Rashid Lazytech
Local time: 04:06
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cease to exist / destory (ruin) itself

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

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


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

Turdimurod Rakhmanov
Local time: 05:06
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Native speaker of: Native in UzbekUzbek, Native in KirghizKirghiz
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agree  The Misha: A++++! How very insightful! How could we possibly miss all that?
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