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save (one's) own skin

To rescue or protect oneself from danger, trouble, or difficulty, usually without concern for the welfare of others. In the face of the audit, the CEO was more worried with saving his own skin than ensuring his employees' jobs wouldn't be put into jeopardy. Just be sure not to leave yourself exposed in this scandal. You can be sure that the senator is looking to save her own skin, and you should be doing the same.
See also: own, save, skin

save someone's skin

 and save someone's neck; save one's bacon
Fig. to save someone from injury, embarrassment, or punishment. I saved my skin by getting the job done on time. Thanks for saving my neck! I would have fallen down the stairs if you hadn't held my arm.
See also: save, skin

save somebody’s/your (own) ˈneck/ˈskin/ˈhide

(informal) save somebody or yourself from a dangerous or unpleasant situation: Don’t rely on him for help, he’s only interested in saving his own skin. OPPOSITE: risk your neck
See also: hide, neck, save, skin