save (one's) own skin

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save (one's) own skin

To rescue or protect oneself from danger, trouble, or difficulty, especially without concern for the welfare of others. In the face of the federal investigation, the CEO was more worried with saving his own skin 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 skin, so you should be doing the same.
See also: own, save, skin
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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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
When I told him every detail he gave it up and thought only of saving his own skin."
Hague's decision seriously undermines a Cameron happy to sacrifice the jobs of other ministers in the hope of saving his own skin by promoting, according to the Tory script, mainly women.
At the same time, Gaddafi - should he be lucid enough to do so - has the option of withdrawing from the field, saving his own skin along with the lives of many others.
"He was saving his own skin with no regard for Mr Tucker and his family or the long-established letting agency he was setting up to carry the can."
By saving his own skin Grant could push a fellow boss out into the cold.
KARACHI, January 11, 2010 (Balochistan Times): State Minister for Ports and Shipping Nabeel Gabool condemning the Lyari search operation said that Interior Minister Rehman Malik is just worried about saving his own skin. Talking to a private TV channel Gabool said that why is there talks of operation on Lyari why not in other parts of Karachi like Landhi, Korangi, Azizabad and Usmanabad.
KARACHI, January 11, 2010 (Frontier Star ): State Minister for Ports and Shipping Nabeel Gabool condemning the Lyari search operation said that Interior Minister Rehman Malik is just worried about saving his own skin. Talking to a private TV channel Gabool said that why is there talks of operation on Lyari why not in other parts of Karachi like Landhi, Korangi, Azizabad and Usmanabad.
Suddenly, his principles don't seem as important to him as saving his own skin.
Light's goal of making the world a better place quickly takes a back seat to saving his own skin; he decides to use the Death Note to kill L.
As he sets about saving his own skin by selling his property in the village and making people homeless, rather than moving out of his mansion, there are two other men running scared as well.
It just shows he is more worried about saving his own skin than demonstrating any remorse for his vile crimes.
Relatives of his victims branded him a "monster only interested in saving his own skin".