Save his own hide - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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save (one's) own hide
To rescue or protect oneself from danger, trouble, or difficulty, usually without regard or concern for the welfare of others. In the face of the federal investigation, the CEO was more worried with saving his own hide than ensuring his employees' jobs remained secure. Just be sure not to leave yourself exposed in this scandal. You can be sure that the senator is looking to save her own hide, so you should be doing the same.
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
References in classic literature
"How do we know but what he's skinning out to save his own hide
Gove's fate was sealed by polls revealing the depths of the former Education Secretary's unpopularity but it will take more than the PM's very public humiliation of a close friend for Cameron to save his own hide
The concept was that we would prevent another situation like the one in which Nixon canned prosecutor Archibald Cox in the infamous "Saturday night massacre." Cox was closing in on the truth of Watergate, and Nixon's action was a naked attempt to save his own hide
What does matter, though, is a President who is economical with the facts and so concerned to save his own hide
that the truth becomes a casualty.