save (one's) own skin

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save (one's) own skin

To rescue or protect oneself from danger, trouble, or difficulty, usually without concern for the welfare of others. In the face of the audit, the CEO was more worried with saving his own skin than ensuring his employees' jobs wouldn't be put into jeopardy. Just be sure not to leave yourself exposed in this scandal. You can be sure that the senator is looking to save her own skin, and you should be doing the same.
See also: own, save, skin

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.
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After proclaiming that no policeman carrying out his genocide orders will be prosecuted and sent to jail, he has now sacrificed three policemen identified in the killing of Kian to placate the public outcry, and to save his own skin.
There had been an arms find and when the IRA demanded to know who touted, he pointed the finger at Tom to save his own skin.
ONE of Lewis Dunne's alleged killers was placed at the murder scene by a co-defendant "trying to save his own skin," his legal team claimed.
A source close to the case said: "This note was a callous, heartless attempt to save his own skin - all it did was cause great distress to the family.
Speaking of Stan, Jason's landed himself in hot water with the dealer and considers hurting his loved ones in order to save his own skin.
The investigation team also found him guilty of tampering with official records to save his own skin.
THE former editor of the News of the World did not tell a police probe what he knew of phone hacking involving David Blunkett in part to save his own skin, a court heard.
Had he moved to save his own skin or to expose James?
After meeting the Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Tuesday morning, the minister told reporters that the suspended judge was levelling baseless allegations against him to save his own skin.
Let' see if he will spill the beans on his UN "sources" and financiers finally to save his own skin.
Hunt was branded a "weasel" after admitting he had his aide to save his own skin.
Then they seemed surprised when their chief executive continued his anti-bottling crusade by writing a witless email received by the mother of Nedum Onuoha, mocking her fight against cancer, before he courageously lied about the offence in a bid to save his own skin.
We listened to our head of state, making cheap excuses, pleading ignorance and happily laying blame on his ministers and officials in order to save his own skin.
The lawyer alleged that the General Pervez Musharraf had dissolved an elected parliament without any cogent reason just to save his own skin.
BISE Chairman Akram Kashmiri is supporting these corrupt officials", they said, adding that the chairman wrongfully placed the entire blame on computer programming for the mistakes in last year's results, just to save his own skin.