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 for To save one''s bacon
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bacon \Ba"con\, n. [OF. bacon, fr. OHG. bacho, bahho, flitch of
     bacon, ham; akin to E. back. Cf. Back the back side.]
     The back and sides of a pig salted and smoked; formerly, the
     flesh of a pig salted or fresh.
     [1913 Webster]
     Bacon+beetle+(Zool.),+a+beetle+({Dermestes+lardarius">Bacon beetle (Zool.), a beetle ({Dermestes lardarius)
        which, especially in the larval state, feeds upon bacon,
        woolens, furs, etc. See Dermestes.
     To save one's bacon, to save one's self or property from
        harm or loss. [Colloq.]
        [1913 Webster] Bacon

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