save (one's) blushes

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save (one's) blushes

To prevent someone from feeling embarrassed or awkward. Due to your family's great service to the crown, we will save your blushes and not create a public scandal around this debacle. I tried saving her blushes when she asked me to prom by saying I had no intention of going with anyone.
See also: blush, save
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The title of Myers' new movie has raised laughs in the US but in Britain, to save blushes, it has been renamed The Spy Who Had Me.
Even when bends are taken a little too quickly the suspension and fourwheel drive save blushes and expensive accidents.