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 for To save appearances
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Save \Save\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Saved; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Saving.] [OE. saven, sauven, salven, OF. salver, sauver, F.
     sauver, L. salvare, fr. salvus saved, safe. See Safe, a.]
     1. To make safe; to procure the safety of; to preserve from
        injury, destruction, or evil of any kind; to rescue from
        impending danger; as, to save a house from the flames.
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              God save all this fair company.       --Chaucer.
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              He cried, saying, Lord, save me.      --Matt. xiv.
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              Thou hast . . . quitted all to save
              A world from utter loss.              --Milton.
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     2. (Theol.) Specifically, to deliver from sin and its
        penalty; to rescue from a state of condemnation and
        spiritual death, and bring into a state of spiritual life.
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              Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.
                                                    --1 Tim. i.
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     3. To keep from being spent or lost; to secure from waste or
        expenditure; to lay up; to reserve.
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              Now save a nation, and now save a groat. --Pope.
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     4. To rescue from something undesirable or hurtful; to
        prevent from doing something; to spare.
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              I'll save you
              That labor, sir. All's now done.      --Shak.
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     5. To hinder from doing, suffering, or happening; to obviate
        the necessity of; to prevent; to spare.
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              Will you not speak to save a lady's blush? --Dryden.
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     6. To hold possession or use of; to escape loss of.
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              Just saving the tide, and putting in a stock of
              merit.                                --Swift.
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     To save appearances, to preserve a decent outside; to avoid
        exposure of a discreditable state of things.
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     Syn: To preserve; rescue; deliver; protect; spare; reserve;
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Appearance \Ap*pear"ance\, n. [F. apparence, L. apparentia, fr.
     apparere. See Appear.]
     1. The act of appearing or coming into sight; the act of
        becoming visible to the eye; as, his sudden appearance
        surprised me.
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     2. A thing seed; a phenomenon; a phase; an apparition; as, an
        appearance in the sky.
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     3. Personal presence; exhibition of the person; look; aspect;
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              And now am come to see . . .
              It thy appearance answer loud report. --Milton.
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     4. Semblance, or apparent likeness; external show. pl.
        Outward signs, or circumstances, fitted to make a
        particular impression or to determine the judgment as to
        the character of a person or a thing, an act or a state;
        as, appearances are against him.
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              There was upon the tabernacle, as it were, the
              appearance of fire.                   --Num. ix. 15.
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              For man looketh on the outward appearance. --1 Sam.
                                                    xvi. 7.
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              Judge not according to the appearance. --John. vii.
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     5. The act of appearing in a particular place, or in society,
        a company, or any proceedings; a coming before the public
        in a particular character; as, a person makes his
        appearance as an historian, an artist, or an orator.
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              Will he now retire,
              After appearance, and again prolong
              Our expectation?                      --Milton.
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     6. Probability; likelihood. [Obs.]
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              There is that which hath no appearance. --Bacon.
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     7. (Law) The coming into court of either of the parties; the
        being present in court; the coming into court of a party
        summoned in an action, either by himself or by his
        attorney, expressed by a formal entry by the proper
        officer to that effect; the act or proceeding by which a
        party proceeded against places himself before the court,
        and submits to its jurisdiction. --Burrill. --Bouvier.
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     To put in an appearance, to be present; to appear in
     To save appearances, to preserve a fair outward show.
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     Syn: Coming; arrival; presence; semblance; pretense; air;
          look; manner; mien; figure; aspect.
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