save (one's) own bacon

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save (one's) own bacon

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 bacon 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 bacon, and you should be doing the same.
See also: bacon, own, save
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SO, RACING has hit a financial bad patch and, as with any ship heading for troubled waters, there are those who jump into the lifeboats first: the ones trying to save their own bacon, rather than considering everyone involved.