save (one's) blushes

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save (one's) blushes

To prevent someone from feeling embarrassed or awkward. Due to your family's great service to the crown, we will save your blushes and not create a public scandal around this debacle. I tried saving her blushes when she asked me to prom by saying I had no intention of going with anyone.
See also: blush, save

save/spare somebody’s ˈblushes

(informal) not do something which will make somebody feel embarrassed: Don’t tell everybody about his excellent exam results. Spare his blushes.
A blush is the red colour that spreads over your face when you are embarrassed or ashamed.
See also: blush, save, spare
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It took late tries from props Anthony Laffranchi and Tony Puletua to save their blushes.
So why not save their blushes this Christmas and treat them?
They suffered a demoralising 7-0 defeat in the darts, but gamely fought back with a 7-2 win in the darts to save their blushes.
But Blackburn made no mistake to save their blushes and take their place in round four.
RED-FACED Werder Bremen officials are ready to off-load Norwegian striker Haavard Flo to Wolves next week - and save their blushes.
Telly chiefs are trying to save their blushes over the showing yet again last night of England's 1966 World Cup win.