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SAVE: 20+ Collocations and Idioms With Meanings and Examples

Collocations and idioms of SAVE

List of common expressions with "save" with example sentences. Phrases can be formed as "verb followed by noun" or used as "idioms".


Collocations and idioms with "save"


Here are some common collecting and idioms with "save":


1. Save electricity

It is said when saving electricity.

  • Turn off the light when you leave a room to save electricity.


2. Save energy

It is said when saving energy.

  • What are ways that we can save energy?

3. Save lives

It is said when saving lives.

  • Spotting the disease early can save lives.

4. Save money

It is said when saving money.

  • We stayed in a cheapo hotel to save money.

5. Save (one's) strength

To rescue, preserve, or guard (a person or thing) from danger or harm.

  • You'r sick so save your strength, and don't try to do anything.

6. Save (someone) a seat

To provide a seat for someone.

  • I will be late to the movie. Will you save me a seat?

7. Save (someone's) life

Prevent someone's (or one's own) death.

  • Wearing a seat belt in a car can save your life.

8. Save time

To complete a task in a shorter amount of time by doing it more quickly or efficiently.

  • It'll save time if we go by cab.

9. Save (yourself) the trouble

To do something so you don't get into trouble.

  • You should save yourself the trouble.

10. Save (one's) breath

Used to say that it is not worth talking to someone because they will not listen to you.

  • Save your breath, Ali. There's no way they'll agree to the deal.

11. Save (one's) own neck

To save someone's neck means to prevent them from losing their job or harming their reputation.

  • In the face of the IRS audit, the CEO was more concerned with saving his own neack than ensuring his employees' jobs remaines secure.

12. Save (oneself) for marriage

To abstain from engaging in sexual intercourse or activity until one is married.

  • Some people made fun of me for it, but I'm glad I saved myself for marriage.

13. Save money up (for something)

To put aside money in small increments in order to accumulate savings, as for some particular purpose or future use. A possessive pronoun can be used between "save" and "money."

  • We'll have to save our money up if we want to take that vacation to Greece next summer.

14. Save the day

To manage to produce a good result or make something successful when failure or misfortune seem imminent.

  • Facing elimination from the playoffs, the team's star quarterback threw an incredible pass for a last-minute and saved the day.

15. Save toward (something)

To put money aside for some particular purpose or purchase in the future. A noun or pronoun can be used between "save" and "toward."

  • We need to star saving toward a new car.

16. Save up for (something)

To put aside money in small increments in order to accumulate savings (typically to be able to buy something).

  • I've stopped eating out at restaurants so I can save up for a new car.

17. Save (one's) face

To try to regain favorable standing after something embarrassing has happened; to give or afford someone an opportunity to avoid embarrassment, humiliation, or shame.

  • I was late to the meeting but tried to save face by blaming an urgent call.

18. Save down

To create or copy a file onto a computer disc or storage medium for preservation or later work. A noun or pronoun can be used between "save" and "down."

  • Be sure to save down your work often.

19. Save for (someone or something)

With the exception of something.

  • Save for breakout success no one saw coming, the director's films have all been commercial failures.


To put something aside or keep something in reserve for someone or for a future use. A noun or pronoun is used between "save" and "for".

  • I know you wanted to be here on Thanksgiving, so I saved some turkey and pumpkin pie for you.


To put money aside for some particular purpose or purchase in the future.

  • We need to start saving for a new car.

20. Save it

To stop talking because what is going to be said is not needed or wanted. Often used as an imperative, especially when annoyed.

  • You can save it, because I don't believe a word you're saving.



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