save someone's skin
- (idiomatic, informal) To save someone's life.
- to prevent an undesirable occurrence
2010 December 29, Chris Whyatt, “Chelsea 1 - 0 Bolton”, in 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.