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What is the meaning of this sentence? Если он хоть что-нибудь буркнет, я за себя не ручаюсь. I understand the literal meaning, or as Google Translate or DeepL translates it literally: If he muttered anything, I wouldn't be able to defend myself. However that doesn't really make sense in English. Can someone rephrase this in idiomatic English?

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  • Normally, this site isn't meant to provide translations, but I'll add one below, which I hope you'll note before your query is taken down.
    – CocoPop
    Sep 25, 2022 at 2:40
  • Could you provide more context? Sep 26, 2022 at 14:12

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In the absence of any context, my guess is this means: "If he blurts something out ('spills the beans'), I can't vouch for myself."

Another meaning of бу́ркнуть (impf. бурча́ть) is to grumble or growl, so the sentence might be read as "If he tries to complain / argue with me, I don't know what I might do (to him)."

"Я за себя не ручаюсь" is another idiom which literally means "I can't vouch for myself" and is often used as a threat ('I can't vouch that I won't hurt you') or simply to say "The deal is off", "All bets are off."

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  • "я за себя не ручаюсь" - это точно не "I would't be able to guarantee what I said" Sep 25, 2022 at 13:45
  • @PavelMayorov, ну почему же? "За себя" здесь скорее всего = "за свои слова", ручаться = vouch / guarantee. Sep 26, 2022 at 14:03
  • "за себя" = "за свои действия" Sep 26, 2022 at 14:22
  • @PavelMayorov, ОК, согласен. Убрал. Спасибо! Sep 26, 2022 at 18:39
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In idiomatic English, that'd be:

If he blabs one word (of this), I won't be responsible for my actions.

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