save one's/someone's ass

Definition of save one's/someone's ass

chiefly US, informal

  1. :  to help oneself/someone else in an important way She saved my ass when she spoke up and said I was not to blame.

Word by Word Definitions

saveplay
  1. :  to deliver from sin

    :  to rescue or deliver from danger or harm

    :  to preserve or guard from injury, destruction, or loss

  1. :  a play that prevents an opponent from scoring or winning

    :  the action of a relief pitcher in baseball in successfully protecting a team's lead

    :  official credit for a save

  1. :  other than :  but, except

  1. :  except for the fact that :  only

    :  but, except

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

  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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