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If you swallow me, you'll live,

but if I swallow you, you'll die.

What am I?

Reason why it can't be an animal

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    $\begingroup$ I think this is too broad. As suggested below, many animals will fit these 2 clues. $\endgroup$ – Shuri2060 May 1 '16 at 15:49
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    $\begingroup$ If you swallow an animal you must have a large mouth $\endgroup$ – UserBlanko May 3 '16 at 1:06
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    $\begingroup$ No, because you didn't swallow the entire animal. $\endgroup$ – UserBlanko May 3 '16 at 6:29
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    $\begingroup$ I meant 'an animal in parts', but never mind. Somehow this reminds me of a friend who once said: "100% of people who eat cheese die" $\endgroup$ – Shuri2060 May 3 '16 at 10:49
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    $\begingroup$ That isn't a valid argument. If you were going to meant "an animal in parts" how can that same "part" swallow you? $\endgroup$ – UserBlanko May 4 '16 at 1:19
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Water

Because ..

Drink water and you live. Drown in it and you don't.

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    $\begingroup$ What that's too fast $\endgroup$ – UserBlanko May 1 '16 at 3:03
  • $\begingroup$ @UserBlanko It's almost the first thing that'll come to anyone's mind. $\endgroup$ – cst1992 May 2 '16 at 7:29
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Another alternative solution:

A bitter truth

Because:

If you can swallow it, you can move on in life. If you let the bitterness consume you, you could die of heart attack or hypertension.

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I think that the answer is:

Pacman

because:

If he swallows the Ghosts, he lives. But if they swallow him, he dies.

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  • $\begingroup$ That is also a creative answer! $\endgroup$ – FreezingFire May 1 '16 at 16:43
  • $\begingroup$ nice! i dint think of it that way $\endgroup$ – UserBlanko May 2 '16 at 6:22
  • $\begingroup$ Wouldn't the answer be "ghosts" then? $\endgroup$ – SendersReagent May 5 '16 at 8:54
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Pride

because:

If you swallow your pride, you'll live.
But if you let pride swallow you, "pride goeth before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall".

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Alternate solution

A vicious dog (or any suitable animal)

Because

You can swallow an animal if you cut it up, but if it swallows (eats) you, game over.

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