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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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.
They even tried to save their own skins by hiring PR Terry Brownbill.
In their desperation to save their own skins, they grasped the first opportunity that came, not caring that they plunged a dagger between the shoulder blades of one of their own.
Senior Birmingham councillors, from across the political divide, recognise this and they are now engaged in a determined fight to save their own skins.
When they saw the strength of evidence against them, and that their simple denials would not hold water, they changed their stories in a bid to save their own skins.
IT IS with great sadness to read that a kind and decent man has been hounded to his death by people desperate to save their own skins.
But few in an organisation Tory Ministers use as a punch bag - senior Conservatives are keener to save their own skins than the homes of families watching rivers rise - believe they'll survive when the waters recede.
They are as thick as thieves when it comes to making a quick buck but once things go wrong they are prepared to do anything to save their own skins.
The Belgian international's outburst is dreadful timing as Wilson's strugglers look to ruin new Saints boss Glenn Hoddle's second coming and save their own skins.
But security sources on both sides of the Irish border believe any ceasefire would merely be a move to save their own skins.
Householders watching rising water ruin homes deserve action, not the shoddy distraction of politicians accusing others to save their own skins and score a few pathetic points.
In fact it's hard to believe anything the Quinns say now as they have misled the court in an effort to save their own skins and stash cash away for their debtors.