save blushes

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save/spare somebody's blushes

  (British & Australian)
to do something to prevent someone feeling embarrassed Granger saved the team's blushes by scoring the only goal in the last five minutes of the game. The audience's blushes were spared because the censors had removed all the explicit sex scenes from the film.
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.