save (one's) skin

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save (one's) skin

To rescue one 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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

save someone's skin (or neck or bacon)

rescue someone from danger or difficulty.
See also: save, skin
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

save one's skin, to

To save one’s life. The skin in question is usually one’s own, and it is hard to imagine life going on without it. The term has been around since Roman times. In English it was in print by 1642: “Equivocating with our conscience . . . for the saving of our owne skin” (Daniel Rogers, Naaman the Syrian).
See also: save, to
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