save somebody's/your neck/skin/hide

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save (one's) hide

To rescue someone from failure, danger, or disaster; to prevent something bad from happening to someone. Thanks for bringing me some extra cash—you really saved my hide, there! The company is in dire need of new investors to save their hide.
See also: hide, save

save (one's) neck

To rescue one from failure, danger, or disaster; to prevent something bad from happening to one. Thanks for bringing me some extra cash—you really saved my neck. The company is in dire need of new investors to save their neck.
See also: neck, save

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 IRS audit, the CEO was more concerned 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, and you should be doing the same.
See also: hide, own, save

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

save your skin

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save your own skin

COMMON If someone tries to save their skin or save their own skin, they try to save themselves from something dangerous or unpleasant, often without caring what happens to anyone else. It looked to me like a desperate attempt to save his skin. It's an announcement that's got a lot more to do with the government trying to save its own skin than trying to help the victims.
See also: save, skin

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
References in classic literature ?
All's up--you can't make nor mend; it's to save your neck that I'm a-speaking, and if one of the wild uns knew it, where'd I be, Tom-- now, tell me, where'd I be?
Do not be sparing or shy to use it to save your neck, or to bring food to the family table.
We believe that if we have a tight lending process during the good times, it will save your neck during the bad times.
For instance, you can now recruit other assassins to do your bidding and they'll turn up to save your neck as you build them into mighty warriors to fight alongside you.
And, shock, when you do need to save your neck, will they hide behind the nearest wall or pillar?
Get along and enjoy the fun - and you might even learn something that may save your neck.
Spreading salt over icy walks in winter may save your neck, but it's often lethal to turf and even shrubs.
The campaign comes three weeks before Save Your Neck day when head restraint demonstrations will take place in a number of Sainsbury's car parks.