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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EASTENDERS (8pm BBC1) CARL'S saved his own skin for now by promising to show Phil how he got rid of Shirley.
The capsized ship's doctor Lt Gianluca Marino Cosentino claimed that Schettino, 52, saved his own skin with hundreds of Concordia passengers still on board.
JIMMY WHITE saved his own skin last night - and forced former world champion John Parrott into retirement.
Tommy says it was touch and go when he considered nailing Alan's feet to the floor until Alan saved his own skin by uttering five little words 'do you still love me?
Klinsmann believes Vogts not only saved his own skin with that win over Iceland but may have also started a tartan bandwagon rolling.