save sb's face

save sb's face
save (sb's) face
to avoid or help someone avoid seeming stupid or being embarrassed: »

The industry is simply trying to save face by dropping a lawsuit they realize is a loser.

Compare FACE-SAVING(Cf. ↑face-saving)
Main Entry: save

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • save face — save (sb s) face ► to avoid or help someone avoid seeming stupid or being embarrassed: »The industry is simply trying to save face by dropping a lawsuit they realize is a loser. → Compare FACE SAVING(Cf. ↑face saving) Main Entry: ↑save …   Financial and business terms

  • save one's skin — save (some)one s bacon, save one s face, save one s neck, save one s skin, save the mark see under ↑bacon, ↑face, ↑neck, ↑skin and ↑mark1 • • • Main Entry: ↑save …   Useful english dictionary

  • save one's neck — To escape narrowly with one s life or reputation • • • Main Entry: ↑neck save (some)one s bacon, save one s face, save one s neck, save one s skin, save the mark see under ↑bacon, ↑face, ↑neck, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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