save (one's) own hide

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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.
See also: hide, own, save

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
See also: hide, neck, save, skin
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The bishops do not fulfill their canonical obligations to their own priests because they are very willing to sacrifice innocent priests to save their own hides. 'The Church hierarchy is in terrible need of a purging.
And, unless he has promised them lucrative executive positions with his TV network once his presidency is over (sooner, hopefully, than later), I would guess that Kellyanne Conway, General Kelly, Sarah Sanders and many others are going to soon tire of covering for him and will try to save their own hides.
''They want an issue to campaign on to save their own hides this November.''
It cries out for a Government and backbenchers that put people's jobs first rather than seeking to save their own hides through tokenistic nonsense."
So why can?t Palestinians like Abbas remember this, instead preferring to save their own hides and cheapen Palestinian blood in the process?
Dragged into a conspiracy they want no part of, they have to find someway to clear their names and save their own hides. A fast paced and riveting fantasy, "The Crown Conspiracy" is well worth reading.