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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.
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save somebody's skin

to save someone from failure or difficulties You saved my skin telling my parents I stayed with you last night.
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