save (one's) blushes

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save (one's) blushes

To prevent someone from feeling embarrassed or awkward. Due to your family's great service to the crown, we will save your blushes and not create a public scandal around this debacle. I tried saving her blushes when she asked me to prom by saying I had no intention of going with anyone.
See also: blush, save

save/spare somebody’s ˈblushes

(informal) not do something which will make somebody feel embarrassed: Don’t tell everybody about his excellent exam results. Spare his blushes.
A blush is the red colour that spreads over your face when you are embarrassed or ashamed.
See also: blush, save, spare
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The former Walsall defender conceded a penalty in the ninth minute when he hauled down Rushall's Ahmed Obeng only to see keeper Matt Lewis save his blushes by pushing away Matt Lewis' spot-kick.
"He said he didn't want to faint, so we made some minor adjustments to ensure his comfort and save his blushes. We worked together to get the look he wanted, while making sure he didn't pass out in front of two billion people.
To save his blushes doctors removed the loo with special chemicals in the back of the ambulance, rather than making him waddle through A&E.
A minute later Donachy cracked a low drive off the post and as the rebound ricocheted off City defender Hugh Dickson, team-mate Stuart Cumming had to save his blushes with a goal-line clearance.
A small ladder allowed him to clamber down - but they couldn't save his blushes.
Then again, maybe he's just eager to keep his repentant wife quiet and save his blushes.