save (one's) neck

save (one's) neck

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 neck, there! The company is in dire need of new investors to save their neck.
See also: neck, save

save someone's neck

If you save someone's neck, you rescue them from injury, harm or death. During the crash, the bar saved my neck, but I was in a lot of pain. You can't let down friends, even to save your own neck, now can you?
See also: neck, save