save (one's) blushes

(redirected from saved their blushes)

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
References in periodicals archive ?
Three goals in the last eight minutes gave Kidderminster a 3-1 home win over struggling Hayes & Yeading United and saved their blushes.
A boost from business at National Autocentres - the fix-it chain bought for pounds 73million earlier this year - saved their blushes, ensuring group takings rose nearly 10%.
The full-timers saved their blushes six minutes from time when defender Steve Evans scored his first goal since rejoining the Oswestry outfit from Wrexham.
Second-placed Llanelli almost came a cropper at the Broughton Airfields but a goal deep into stoppage time saved their blushes.
TEN-MAN Barnsley threatened to throw away another commanding lead, but Michael Chopra saved their blushes.
A late try from Nuneaton Old Edwardians saved their blushes at Midlands Three East side Lutterworth.
A score from centre Stephen John, in the sixth minute of injury time saved their blushes.
Only a last-minute try by Aled Bevan saved their blushes in a 15-10 victory.
With England's strikers struggling to breach the Poles' defence, Dave Mathews saved their blushes by scooping a 54th-minute penalty corner into the top corner past the outstretched hands of keeper Marcin Pobuta.
SWANSEA stumbled to an FAW Premier Cup quarter-final date with Carmarthen as Steve Watkin saved their blushes against minnows Total Network Solutions at a near-deserted Vetch last night.
The Hammers were held 1-1 until eight minutes from the end - then John Hartson saved their blushes.