save blushes

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save/spare somebody's blushes

  (British & Australian)
to do something to prevent someone feeling embarrassed Granger saved the team's blushes by scoring the only goal in the last five minutes of the game. The audience's blushes were spared because the censors had removed all the explicit sex scenes from the film.
See also: blush, save
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TRYING TIMES n Simon Danielli scores to spare blushes and, below, Sean Lamont goes on rampage
But men heavily romancing women who are very obviously men, doesn't universally spare blushes.
I was sitting next to a Frenchman, who had best remain unnamed to spare blushes, and towards the end of the meal, one of our hosts, Brough Scott, leaned across the table to chat to his guest.
And as the baring duo galloped off for the finishing line, race officials and police gave chase, determined to spare blushes from the Royal Box.
Scottish were also grateful that Mee was unable to convert any of his four conversions while De Beer landed four goals from five attempts to spare blushes.