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
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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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"Thankfully keeper Ally Semple saved our blushes and we know we have played our lucky card.
For the fourth Saturday on the trot the Blues managed to concede an early goal, this time to East Stirling at Stair Park, but two brilliant counters saved our blushes. I have said that Shire are not as bad as the table suggests and stated they would get points against some play-off hopefuls - after 79 minutes it was looking like Stranraer.