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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They are regarded as gangsters getting other criminals out of their way and saving their own skin at the same time.
God help Birmingham if it is ever threatened by flooding, because the bodies funded by the taxpayer are far too busy saving their own skins.
THE Thai deal is unpalatable to many fans, but it seems that our current regime has put saving their own skins above the best interests of the club.
Secretive sergeants Jason and Michelle, looked suitably contrite after saving their own skins by keeping everyone in the dark about the rules of this extremely unfair game.
Shadow Education Secretary Damian Green said: ``Ministers are more concerned with saving their own skins than solving the exam crisis.