save (one's) own neck

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save (one's) own neck

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 IRS audit, the CEO was more concerned with saving his own neck 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 neck, and you should be doing the same.
See also: neck, own, save
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"Those responsible should be brought to trial and those found guilty of treason, should be hung by the neck until dead (but Blair illegally changed the penalty to save his own neck)
As the body count rises, and gangster George Cornelius applies his own pressure, can Luther catch a killer and save his own neck?
With gangster George Cornelius applying pressure, can Luther catch the killer and save his own neck? TO BE A MILLIONAIRE ITV 9pm Jeremy Clarkson is back for six nights, with a new run that could change contestants lives for ever.
With gangster George Cornelius applying pressure, can Luther catch the killer and save his own neck? WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE ITV 9pm Jeremy Clarkson is back for six nights, with a new run that could change contestants lives for ever.
The Dutchman wants to make several signings ahead of Thursday's transfer deadline in a bid to turn around the Eagles' season and save his own neck after a dire home loss to Swansea.
THURSDAY Banished BBC2, 9pm This edition of the period drama sees suspicion fall on James when Tommy begins to wonder whether he has turned informant in order to save his own neck - and he's not the only one to harbour such doubts about the pickpocket.
intelligence community and, with any luck, save his own neck. Cochrane's character neatly splits the difference between Ian Fleming's flamboyant James Bond and John le Carre's taciturn George Smiley, undoubtedly a result of Dunn's real-life experiences as an MI6 agent.
Musharraf should have the strength of character and propriety not to get the Army that suffered because of his personal ambitions embroiled again in controversy to save his own neck. Shame on him for trying to get the Army into "the line of fire"; he owes that much to the uniform he once wore.
Based on the above information, it would appear that MacArthur took it upon himself, without presidential orders, to abandon his soldiers and save his own neck and that of his family from the Japanese.
Benito tries to save his own neck by scape-goating Father Natalio (Damian Alcazar), whose genuinely selfless outreach to peasants in the mountains has brought accusations of consorting with guerillas.
Conflicting theories about whether the assassin, Harry Orchard, was Haywood's gun for hire, seeking to save his own neck by implicating Haywood, or simply insane, aren't satisfactorily fleshed out.
With gangster George Cornelius applying pressure, can Luther catch the killer and save his own neck? WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE STV 9pm Jeremy Clarkson is back for six nights, with a new run that could change contestants lives for ever.
One last chance perhaps to save his own neck as Celtic manager, assuming the decision over his long- term fate has not already been decided.
Angry parents of some of the passengers claimed the 64-year-old abandoned the ferry to save his own neck. One survivor said that after being plucked from the sea and put into a rescue boat he was told: "The captain is already on board."