save (one's) hide

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save (one's) hide

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

save somebody’s/your (own) ˈneck/ˈskin/ˈhide

(informal) save somebody or yourself from a dangerous or unpleasant situation: Don’t rely on him for help, he’s only interested in saving his own skin. OPPOSITE: risk your neck
See also: hide, neck, save, skin
References in classic literature ?
Civilized, he could have died for a moral consideration, say the defence of Judge Miller's riding-whip; but the completeness of his decivilization was now evidenced by his ability to flee from the defence of a moral consideration and so save his hide. He did not steal for joy of it, but because of the clamor of his stomach.
Clearly, it required more than an Uhuru-Raila rapprochement in Nairobi to save his hide.
His whereabouts are still unknown and what's certain about him is that he is holed up afraid to come out in the open and join his loyalists who are still facing death to try and save his hide.
These are two out-of-form sides and a desperate McGhee is prepared to gamble to save his hide.
While Michael Caine is the principal character, the focal point for the most part is Dylan Moran, relishing the quick-change antics in a valid enough attempt to save his hide from the vengeance of gangsters (led by Southportborn Miranda Richardson).
Leaving his farmyard confines is that talking pig Babe, who heads for the big smoke to save his hide in Babe: Pig In The City (BBC1, Boxing Day).
Dave is only too willing to help, to save his hide and his academic career, until he falls for Angela too.
Yet this endangered President isn't about to challenge the corporate consensus--indeed, he is standard-bearer for their cause against the majority of the Democratic caucus, which will hurt his party but perhaps help save his hide.
In trying to save his hide through persuasive dialogue with Ka, Ferr causes both of them to waste precious time, leading to Ka's death from a bullet and Ferr's demise in the slaughterhouse.
HE'S just a guy who can't say no - but while women have been his downfall, President Clinton hopes one can save his hide in the impeachment trial.