Save his own hide - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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save (one's) own hide
To rescue or protect oneself from danger, trouble, or difficulty, usually without regard or concern for the welfare of others. In the face of the IRS audit, the CEO was more concerned with saving his own hide than ensuring his employees' jobs remained secure. Just be sure not to leave yourself exposed in this scandal—you can be sure that the senator is looking to save her own hide, and you should be doing the same.
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Gove's fate was sealed by polls revealing the depths of the former Education Secretary's unpopularity but it will take more than the PM's very public humiliation of a close friend for Cameron to save his own hide
Cox was closing in on the truth of Watergate, and Nixon's action was a naked attempt to save his own hide
What does matter, though, is a President who is economical with the facts and so concerned to save his own hide
that the truth becomes a casualty.