protect one's ass

Definition of protect one's ass

chiefly US, informal

  1. :  to protect one's life I've got to thank the soldiers who protected my ass during the war.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to cover or shield from exposure, injury, damage, or destruction :  guard

    :  defend

    :  to maintain the status or integrity of especially through financial or legal guarantees: such as

  1. :  any of several hardy gregarious (see gregarious 1a) African or Asian perissodactyl mammals (genus Equus) smaller than the horse and having long ears

    :  an African mammal (E. asinus) that is the ancestor of the donkey

    :  a stupid, obstinate, or perverse person

  1. :  buttocks

    :  anus

  1. : used as a postpositive intensive especially with words of derogatory implication

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a trip made at another's expense

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