Saved their own hide - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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save (one's) own hide
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 hide 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 hide, and you should be doing the same.
save somebody’s/your (own) ˈneck/ˈskin/ˈhide (informal) save somebody or yourself from a dangerous or unpleasant situation: Don’t rely on him for help, he’s only interested in saving his own skin. OPPOSITE: risk your neck
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Straw resembled one of those Hollywood types who went before Senator Joe McCarthy in the 50s and saved their own hide
by offering up the names of his friends.