save (one's) own skin

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save (one's) own skin

To rescue or protect oneself from danger, trouble, or difficulty, especially without concern for the welfare of others. In the face of the federal investigation, the CEO was more worried with saving his own skin 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 skin, so 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.
See also: save, skin
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Political intrigue aside, all this reveals about Assange is that he, like the US military, is prepared to play games with the truth to save his own skin.
He said that after failing in replying the allegations, Zardari has started to raise the issue of provincialism and people are asking him the question why he is now remembering Sindh after being disappointed to save his own skin.
He said that only to save his own skin Asif Zardari taking option to go with Nawaz League so that present government could pressurized but such tactics cannot be successful and they will have to face the consequences of that what they did.
"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."
No one plays with their food they eat it.' 'Oh believe you me, it's the funnest thing you can do with your food.'" Can the little gliding lizard think of enough fun and games to save his own skin? And what if the dimetrodon runs into an eve bigger predator?
HORRIFIED: and Cain Will Pete actually stitch up his girlfriend's mum to save his own skin? Given that the mum in question is Charity, the answer should be a resounding yes.
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 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. "I am ready to face any inquiry.
Let' see if he will spill the beans on his UN "sources" and financiers finally 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.