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save1 / sāv/ • v. [tr.] 1. keep safe or rescue (someone or something) from harm or danger: she saved a boy from drowning. ∎  prevent (someone) from dying: the doctors did everything they could to save him. ∎  (in Christian use) preserve (a person's soul) from damnation. 2. keep and store up (something, esp. money) for future use: she had never been able to save much from her salary. ∎  Comput. keep (data) by moving a copy to a storage location, esp. from memory: save it to a new file. ∎  preserve (something) by not expending or using it: save your strength till later. ∎  [in imper.] (save it) inf. used to tell someone to stop talking: save it, Joey—I'm in big trouble now. 3. avoid the need to use up or spend (money, time, or other resources): save $20 on a new camcorder. ∎  avoid, lessen, or guard against: this approach saves wear and tear on the books. 4. prevent an opponent from scoring (a goal or point) in a game or from winning (the game): the powerful German saved three match points. ∎  Baseball (of a relief pitcher in certain game situations) finish (a game) while preserving a winning position gained by another pitcher. ∎  Soccer & Hockey (of a goalkeeper) stop (a shot) from entering the goal. • n. Baseball an instance of a relief pitcher saving a game. ∎  chiefly Soccer & Hockey an act of preventing an opponent's scoring: the keeper made a great save. PHRASES: save one's breath [often in imper.] not bother to say something because it is pointless. save someone's skin (or neck or hide or bacon) rescue someone from danger or difficulty. save someone the trouble (or bother) avoid involving someone in useless or pointless effort: write it down and save yourself the trouble of remembering.DERIVATIVES: sav·a·ble (also save·a·ble) adj. save2 • prep. & conj. formal or poetic/lit. except; other than: no one needed to know save herself.

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save2 (arch.) with the exception of XIII. ME. sauf and sauve — OF. sauf (m.) and sauve (fem.), orig. varying with the gender of the accompanying sb. (now invariable, sauf) :- L. salvō and salvā, abl. sg. of m. or n. and fem. of salvus SAFE1, as used in absolute constructions such as salvo jure, salva innocentia without violation of right, of innocence, (hence) without injury or prejudice to, with reserve OF. The later exclusive use of the form save is prob. due to the identification of the word with the imper. of SAVE1.

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save save the day find or provide a solution to a difficulty or disaster.
save the tide in former nautical usage, get in and out of port while the tide lasts.
save us from our friends proverbial saying, late 15th century meaning that the earnest help of friends can sometimes be unintentionally damaging; developed in the early 19th century by the British Tory statesman George Canning (1770–1827), ‘Give me the avowed, erect and manly foe; Firm I can meet, perhaps return the blow; But of all plagues, good Heaven, thy wrath can send, Save me, oh, save me, from the candid friend.’

See also save one's hide at hide2.

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savebehave, brave, Cave, clave, concave, crave, Dave, deprave, engrave, enslave, fave, forgave, gave, grave, knave, lave, Maeve, misbehave, misgave, nave, outbrave, pave, rave, save, shave, shortwave, slave, stave, they've, waive, wave •enclave • exclave • conclave •Redgrave • architrave • Wargrave •Palgrave • palsgrave • aftershave •brainwave • heatwave • microwave

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save1 make or keep safe XIII; preserve from damnation; reserve, lay aside XIV; avoid or enable to avoid XVII. ME. sauve, sa(l)ve :- AN. sa(u)ver, OF. salver, (also mod.) sauver :- late L. salvāre save, f. L. salvus SAFE1.

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To except, reserve, or exempt; as where a statute saves vested—fixed—rights. To toll, or suspend the running or operation of; as, to save thestatute of limitations.

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