save someone's bacon/hide/neck/skin

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of save someone's bacon/hide/neck/skin

informal
:to save someone :to help someone get out of a dangerous or difficult situation
  • You really saved my bacon by helping out yesterday.
  • He doesn't care what happens to us. All he's worried about is saving his own skin/neck.

Word by Word Definitions

save play
  1. : to deliver from sin

  2. : to rescue or deliver from danger or harm

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

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

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

  1. : other than : but, except

  1. : except for the fact that : only

  2. : but, except

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

bacon play
  1. : a side of a pig cured and smoked

  2. : thin strips of meat other than pork that is cured and smoked

  3. : money

hide play
  1. : any of various old English units of land area

  1. : to put out of sight : secrete

  2. : to conceal for shelter or protection : shield

  3. : to keep secret

  1. : blind

  1. : the skin of an animal whether raw or prepared for use

  2. : the life or physical well-being of a person

  1. : to give a beating to : flog

neck play
  1. : the part of an animal that connects the head with the body

  2. : the siphon of a bivalve mollusk (such as a clam)

  3. : the part of a garment that covers or is next to the neck

  1. : to kiss and caress amorously

  2. : to reduce in diameter

  3. : to engage in amorous kissing and caressing

skin play
  1. : the integument of an animal (such as a fur-bearing mammal or a bird) separated from the body usually with its hair or feathers

  2. : a usually unmounted specimen of a vertebrate (as in a museum)

  3. : the hide or pelt of a game or domestic animal

  1. : to strip, scrape, or rub off an outer covering (such as the skin or rind) of

  2. : to strip or peel off

  3. : to cut, chip, or damage the surface of

  1. : devoted to showing nudes


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