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    #1

    You saved my skin telling my parents I stayed with you last night.

    Definition from Cambridge Dictionary Online: Free English Dictionary and Thesaurus
    save sb's skin
    to save someone from failure or difficulties
    You saved my skin telling my parents I stayed with you last night.


    You saved my skin by telling my parents...
    Is by unnecessary?

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    #2

    Re: You saved my skin telling my parents I stayed with you last night.

    Yes, 'by' is absolutely necessary. If you omit it, the sentence doesn't have much meaning and is ungrammatical.

    Used this way 'by' expresses how something was accomplished.

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    Re: You saved my skin telling my parents I stayed with you last night.

    I'd say it's acceptable with or without "by".

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    Re: You saved my skin telling my parents I stayed with you last night.

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I'd say it's acceptable with or without "by".
    So would I.

    Rover

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