Definition of save someone's skin (or neck) in US English:

save someone's skin (or neck)

phrase

  • Rescue someone from danger or difficulty.

    • ‘Wouldn't you rather be in a car that was designed from the ground up to be as safe as possible, rather than rely on raw physics to save your skin?’
    • ‘I grew up in a rough part of Birmingham, and being able to explore drama and outdoor pursuits saved my neck.’
    • ‘But sometimes, regardless of what players say in the press, they don't want to save the manager's skin.’
    • ‘Last week the manager himself revealed that it may well have been a crucial intervention by several senior players which saved his neck.’
    • ‘There are times and places where blending in can save your skin, but day to day, why waste your precious time on the superficial when it doesn't make you happy?’
    • ‘Her moving speech not only saved the pig's skin, but also resulted in a countywide policy prohibiting the slaughter of animals raised at public schools.’
    • ‘He can hold his breath for three minutes - a skill that probably saved his skin back in '96 when he got pinned under a waterfall on the Potomac River and nearly drowned.’
    • ‘He could easily be stringing them a yarn, hoping to save his own neck.’
    • ‘They used every trick in the manual to portray him as a corporate fat cat who cared only about saving his skin.’
    • ‘Never before can we remember a Secretary of State standing up in the Commons to attack the employees of his own department in order to save his own neck.’
    rescue, come to someone's rescue, save someone's life, come to someone's aid
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