save (one's) blushes

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save (one's) blushes

To prevent someone from feeling embarrassed or awkward. Due to your family's great service to the crown, we will save your blushes and not create a public scandal around this debacle. I tried saving her blushes when she asked me to prom by saying I had no intention of going with anyone.
See also: blush, save

save/spare somebody’s ˈblushes

(informal) not do something which will make somebody feel embarrassed: Don’t tell everybody about his excellent exam results. Spare his blushes.
A blush is the red colour that spreads over your face when you are embarrassed or ashamed.
See also: blush, save, spare
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Mark Thomson opened the scoring for Ashfield against Bathgate before being red-carded - but Willie Ferguson saved his blushes to grab a 2-1 win.
But winger Henry saved his blushes by racing in at the corner as the lead changed hands for the sixth time.
Ten minutes before half-time Easter saved his blushes, hitting a right-footed shot past Kevin Pilkington.
Steve Billington saved his blushes with a goal to ensure a 2-1 win for CPA.
Maynard saved his blushes with a stunning strike on 28 minutes and then set up Danny Haynes for the clincher in the second half.
Robinson chested Glynn Hurst's cross into his own net in the 79th minute, before Hornets striker Tommy Smith saved his blushes with an 89th-minute leveller.