save your skin

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save (one's) skin

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

save one's skin, to

To save one’s life. The skin in question is usually one’s own, and it is hard to imagine life going on without it. The term has been around since Roman times. In English it was in print by 1642: “Equivocating with our conscience . . . for the saving of our owne skin” (Daniel Rogers, Naaman the Syrian).
See also: save
References in classic literature ?
'Tan't that you care one bit more, or have a bit more feelin'--it's clean, sheer, dog meanness, wanting to cheat the devil and save your own skin; don't I see through it?
This is the 10th consecutive year that Standard Bank supports the Save Your Own Skin campaign.
Mr Burcombe replied: "No, no way." The barrister also suggested Mr Burcombe was lying about Brown's involvement because "you are trying to save your own skin".
But George Carman, QC, put it to him: "The position is that you are the kind of man, unfortunately, who will lie, lie and lie again if it suits your own convenience either to save your own skin or obtain money."
"You could have given the doctors information which would have saved his life, but to save your own skin you kept quiet."