save (one's) own neck

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save (one's) own neck

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 neck 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 neck, and you should be doing the same.
See also: neck, save
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THURSDAY Banished BBC2, 9pm This edition of the period drama sees suspicion fall on James when Tommy begins to wonder whether he has turned informant in order to save his own neck - and he's not the only one to harbour such doubts about the pickpocket.
Angry parents of some of the passengers claimed the 64-year-old abandoned the ferry to save his own neck.
Musharraf should have the strength of character and propriety not to get the Army that suffered because of his personal ambitions embroiled again in controversy to save his own neck.
Then there's the coward's way where the boss is so weasly, yet so determined to save his own neck he'll even burn the people who work under COWARD: Jeremy Hunt him.
First up was George Cowie, Banff, who said: "Gordon Smith is trying to headhunt Walter Smith only in order to save his own neck.
For example, when the action is set around Lake Tahoe and is nothing to do with the Middle East crisis, why name your central target Buddy 'Aces' Israel (Jeremy Piven), a sleazy Vegas magician who has agreed to save his own neck by landing mob boss Primo Sparazza in the deep stuff?
And while you can see why a spineless wimp like Mahmood might try to save his own neck, why have the politically- correct fools that pass for police chiefs in Manchester let this despicable human being pull the race card?
Mareschal cracked and to save his own neck informed the coroner of the king's household, Simon Croyce, of the whole affair.
Conflicting theories about whether the assassin, Harry Orchard, was Haywood's gun for hire, seeking to save his own neck by implicating Haywood, or simply insane, aren't satisfactorily fleshed out.
Among the amazing sights are those shot by a man who had to climb a school's fire escape to save his own neck, and another who almost died when his car was swept away in a torrential current before sinking.
And on the other, we have arrogant, self-serving and self-righteous Alastair Campbell, who sees no shame in misleading the people of this country, who sees no shame in last week's unseemly scrabble to save his own neck.
Instead, the PM tried to save his own neck on defence cuts with a cynical visit to an RAF base on the Med.
The mother said, 'The only stress he has been under is the stress of finding an excuse to save his own neck.
Four years ago, the Daily Record told how William Love claimed that he made a hush-hush deal with detectives to save his own neck.