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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PROJECT fear is in full flow and we've got a prime minister who's as slippery as an eel, a chancellor, who to be polite isn't very good at maths (he wouldn't be trusted with the office tea kitty let alone the nation's economy), business leaders with self interests and MEPs out to save their own necks because heaven knows they would be unemployable in the real world.
You can't prevent them from trying to save their own necks," he added.
Fusae Kobayashi, 69, who lost her son Yutaka, then 23, in the sarin attack in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture in 1994, and who was also present at the press conference, noted that the defendants just tried to save their own necks and none of them properly admitted any wrongdoing.
Not one of them is acting in the best interests of the NHS - they are only trying to save their own necks.
They're just covering up the events to save their own necks.
At 155 minutes, it's an epic story and told in fascinating detail with Hitler losing grip on reality as the Russian army moves in and his acolytes swearing loyalty while trying to save their own necks as they break out of the bunker.
On the one hand, we have seen the finest calibre of men - brave, committed soldiers who had the chance to save their own necks but didn't - because it was their duty to stay and fight.
He homed in on the arms-to-Iraq affair, when Ministers were accused of staging a cover- up to save their own necks.
RELEGATED Widnes will be cheering for Whitehaven in the National League play-offs - to save their own necks.