save (one's) own hide

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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, save
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It's easy to forget politicians are capable of not only thinking the unthinkable, but also of implementing the unconscionable; especially when it comes to saving their own hides.
He said: "The Isme Bank Watch survey results confirm the banks don't give a hoot about the rest of the economy and are only concerned about saving their own hides.