save (one's) skin

(redirected from save their skin)

save (one's) skin

To rescue someone from failure, danger, or disaster; to prevent something bad from happening to someone. Thanks for bringing me some extra cash—you really saved my skin, there! The company is in dire need of new investors to save their skin.
See also: save, skin

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.
See also: save, skin

save your skin

or

save your own skin

COMMON If someone tries to save their skin or save their own skin, they try to save themselves from something dangerous or unpleasant, often without caring what happens to anyone else. It looked to me like a desperate attempt to save his skin. It's an announcement that's got a lot more to do with the government trying to save its own skin than trying to help the victims.
See also: save, skin

save someone's skin (or neck or bacon)

rescue someone from danger or difficulty.
See also: save, skin
References in classic literature ?
The half-dozen who were peering at the chain were still among the wheels, like sheep; the wheels turned so suddenly that they were lucky to save their skins and bones; they had very little else to save, or they might not have been so fortunate.
Andy Stirling hit the bar and sub Lyndon Dykes had chances as Queens tried to save their skin.
Addressing a press conference here, he said some people were trying to save their skin in the aftermath of the public backlash and strong resentment all over the country, against Altaf's provactive speech.
Fulham have won just twice this year and 20-goal McCormack (above) is out to save their skin.
And two of McEvilly's won a vital game for the Dragons at Barnet on Saturday, which may just save their skin this term.
The FBR has got the details of their moveable and immoveable property earlier, whereas on the other hand the actors have started efforts to save their skin from tax net.
LAHORE, March 06, 2011 (Balochistan Times): The Provincial minister for law Rana Sana Ullah Khan has said that the PML(Q) was sitting on the threshold of President Zardari just to save their skin from NICL scam but their own parliamentary party in Punjab by supporting the provincial government has decided to make this plot abortive .
Basically, the four existing Super League clubs in the Qualifiers have seven games (and maybe an eighth if they end up in the Million Pound Game) to save their skins.
PTI leader said Sharif brothers have stuck in the JIT investigation, adding they have no option to save their skins.
COLWYN Bay have three games left to save their skins in Vanarama Conference North.
It was probably an attempt to save their skins from the watchful eyes of the Saher cameras.
After going down to second-top MOTHERWELL, the SPL's basement boys are running out of games to save their skins.
Mr Dromey said "It appears that the Government has been forced, by widespread opposition in Birmingham and Britain, to give tenants more time to adjust to higher rents, but let's be clear, this is a tactical retreat to save their skins and their seats, not help tenants.
But they could not find a third to save their skins and joined fellow 2006 finalists France in bowing out of the tournament.
If they are that desperate to raise money to save their skins may I suggest they offer Scotland to the French (they always wanted it) and we can be rid of this unelected incompetent occupier of No 10 and all his Scottish cronies, so that England can once more be run properly by the English.