spare (someone's) blushes

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spare (someone's) blushes

To keep from making someone feel embarrassed or awkward. However, due to your family's great service to the crown, we will spare your blushes and not create a public scandal around this debacle. I tried sparing her blushes when she asked me to prom by saying I had no intention of going with anyone.
See also: blush, spare

spare someone's blushes

or

save someone's blushes

BRITISH
COMMON If someone spares your blushes or saves your blushes, they do something that stops you from being in an embarrassing situation. Williams spared Tottenham's blushes last night, scoring a superb goal against Enfield.
See also: blush, spare

spare (or save) someone's blushes

refrain from causing someone embarrassment.
See also: blush, spare
References in classic literature ?
Oh, spare his blushes," cried Ferfitchkin, sniggering.
One of Everton's press officers was asked by a broadcast journalist - who shall remain nameless to spare his blushes - whether John Rooney, brother of Wayne, had changed his name in the run-up to the tie.
The mystery vandal was less than impressed by the revealing artwork at Bath's Victoria Art Gallery and made his own DIY alterations to spare his blushes.
We asked one - we'll call him Joe to spare his blushes - how much cash he's made.
He could have woven an invisible corset to spare his blushes.
The Match of the Day host will appear to have bulging muscles and only a packet of crisps to spare his blushes in an advertisement promoting Walkers Max Naked dipping crisps.
TO spare his blushes we won't name him, but we've helped a pensioner in his quest for love.