One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Escape from danger or difficulty.
- ‘I decide to lie to save my hide - who wouldn't except for, well, those goody-goodies with such conscientious hearts?’
- ‘Corporations, their defense attorneys and lobbyists are swarming all over Washington seeking to save their collective hides.’
- ‘Your only chance to save your hide is to go along with the program, like I did.’
- ‘Now Jack must foil his own plans in order to save his hide.’
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