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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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This crowd will do anything to save their own skin and that will become even more evident in the next few shows.
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.
He said the police did not file FIR on the complaint of the family of the slain girl, but filed a fake FIR to save their own skin.
The political parties that criticise institutions to save their own skin can never work for the welfare of the people and the development of the country.'
But before she could help them, the witnesses already agreed to testify against De Lima 'to save their own skin' and to stop the intimidation against them, De Lima said.
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. He said that the government no hand in blockage of private electronic channels in various parts of the country adding if govt was behind it than they would have closed the channels in the entire country.
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."
'Our rulers traded Kashmir to save their own skin. They knew that India is planning to abrogate Article 370 but they ignored this piece of information.
De Lima, however, said the two witnesses testified against her 'to save their own skin.'
Islamabad -- Pakistan Muslim League-N Senior Vice-President Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said that accountability is only for their party and whoever wants to save their own skin should join the government ranks.
Agha Pathan described the recent meetings between [PPP co-chairman] Asif Ali Zardari and [PML-N leader] Shahbaz Sharif as a calculated move to save their own skin, and not for the sake of the country.
He said that some CDA elements were conducting these illegal operations just to save their own skin and to hide their inefficiency and through these acts they were trying to defame the performance of the government as well.