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Difference between Escape with a whole skin and Save one’s skin

escape with a whole skin —(also: keep a whole skin) escape without damage; remain unhurt:

  • Has Esther been quarrelling with you? If she has been you are lucky to have escaped with a whole skin.

save one’s skin—

1. rescue oneself from death:

  • He was not prepared to dishonor himself by betraying a fellow officer to save his skin.

2. escape from a disagreeable predicament; avoid punishment:

  • I saved my skin by getting the job done on time.