spare someone’s blushes


spare someone’s blushes,
also, save someone’s blushes


  • to stop someone from feeling awkward or embarrassed.
  • to stop someone from being humiliated by a situation or circumstance.
  • to stop someone from saying or doing something embarrassing.
  • to help someone avoid feeling awkward about doing or saying something uncomfortable.
  • saving someone from doing something cringeworthy.
  • to do something to prevent somebody from being uncomfortable.

Example Sentences

  1. My teacher spoke up to spare the blushes of the new student.
  2. LeBron James dunked as time ran out to win the game and spare the blushes of the Los Angeles Lakers.
  3. John’s big brother saved his blushes by catching him when he fell out of the tree.
  4. Stacy decided not to sing so she could spare the blushes of her sister.
  5. Eric tried to spare his blushes after falling over the skateboard in the hallway.
  6. Cristiano Ronaldo saved the team’s blushes by scoring the only century in the test series.
  7. I’ll spare my blushes by not going into detail but the food wasn’t good.
  8. A lack of rehearsal time gave me ample excuses to spare my blushes.


The origin of this idiom is Britain. It’s been widely used in British writing, but can also be heard during football matches (known as soccer in the United States). The updated use of the idiom can now also mean “Pardon my French.” This is another way of warning someone before beginning to say something unbecoming, gross, or rude.

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