save someone's skin

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save someone's skin

  1. (idiomatic, informal) To save someone's life.
  2. to prevent an undesirable occurrence
    • 2010 December 29, Chris Whyatt, “Chelsea 1 - 0 Bolton”, BBC:
      Centre-back Branislav Ivanovic then took a wild slash at the ball but his captain John Terry saved Chelsea's skin by hacking the ball clear for a corner with Kevin Davies set to strike from just six yards out.

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