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save (one's) own bacon
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 bacon 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 bacon, and you should be doing the same.
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Houdini the wild boar saved his own bacon
when he staged a determined break from the slaughterhouse.
In fact man-mountain Monty was threatening to run away with this year's Volvo-sponsored tournament until closest pursuer Darren Clarke saved his own bacon
by picking up four shots in the last four holes.
And the Aussie-born hit- man reckons he saved his own bacon
as well as the team's.