save (one's) own neck

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save (one's) own neck

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 neck 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 neck, and you should be doing the same.
See also: neck, save
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It took a mammoth effort for the country's MLAs just to get together and finally agree a budget, saving their own necks in the process.
As for Overton's felled birch, I'll bow to the experts who say it was dangerous, although we can all agree that many trees are felled by councils more interested in saving their own necks than anyone else's.