save (one's) own hide

(redirected from save their own hide)

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.
See also: hide, own, save

save somebody’s/your (own) ˈneck/ˈskin/ˈhide

(informal) save somebody or yourself from a dangerous or unpleasant situation: Don’t rely on him for help, he’s only interested in saving his own skin. OPPOSITE: risk your neck
See also: hide, neck, save, skin
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With more witnesses promising to save their own hide, the billing of names at DOJ and Ombudsman's office may keep changing as more important accounts of graft affect more and more members of Congress, including those who retired without spending their PDAF properly and HONESTLY.
They want an issue to campaign on to save their own hides this November.
It cries out for a Government and backbenchers that put people's jobs first rather than seeking to save their own hides through tokenistic nonsense.
t Palestinians like Abbas remember this, instead preferring to save their own hides and cheapen Palestinian blood in the process?
Dragged into a conspiracy they want no part of, they have to find someway to clear their names and save their own hides.
Their fine win was not enough to save their own hides, however, as Fulham's result sent them down.