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.
See also: save, skin
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Before complainant can respond to their requests, said individuals already agreed to testify against complainant to save their own skin and to stop further acts of threat, intimidation and coercion against them and their families,' she added.
These people want to save their own skin so who knows what'll happen?
The chairman committee made it clear there was zero tolerance and those found lenient or negligent during campaign will be terminated adding termination subject to polio under national emergency action plan will be final and repeated the responsible staff must save their own skin by leaving no deficiency in this regards.
He said that the channels by airing the incident of hurling of shoe at President of Pakistan played with the sentiments of millions of viewers and fearing a public back lash the cable operators shut down the channels to save their own skin.
This crowd will do anything to save their own skin and that will become even more evident in the next few shows.
The latter are given the choice of which one of them lives or dies - and of course they all save their own skin,leading to a stack of unconnected bodies with weird symbols carved on them.
To save their own skin, upper management will have to come down hard on lesser managers who put their departments on the wrong side of the law.
THE banks of this country have some neck preparing to axe thousands of workers after taking billions of euro of taxpayers' money to save their own skin.
The 14-year-old boy, who could help detectives nail the killers, may be left with no option but to start a new life abroad amid fears he will be targeted by ruthless criminals looking to save their own skin.
IT is completely unacceptable for ministers to even consider cutting Children's Allowance to save their own skin.
I think they are trying to save their own skin as a plea bargain attempt.
These are not two parties working in the common interest, but two sets of shameless politicians desperate to save their own skins.
And while we can forgive a politician for mistakes, stupidity or bad judgment, we can't forgive cowards who trash subordinates to save their own skins.
They said the PML-N had no right to criticise the PPP leadership as their own leaders had entered into agreements with Musharraf during his regime, to save their own skins.
Now Ch brothers in order to save their own skins are helping out Hamesh Khan.