Last modified on 18 June 2013, at 21:49
save the day
( idiomatic ) To rescue a person or situation from imminent danger or major failure.
1881, Horatio Alger, From Canal Boy to President or The Boyhood and Manhood of James A. Garfield, ch. 25
[H]e acted as chief of staff to General Rosecranz, aiding his superior officer at a most critical point in the battle by advice which had an important influence in
saving the day.
1912, Arthur B. Reeve, The Poisoned Pen, ch. 6:
"It's Paddy," cried Craig. "If he can bring them all out safely without the loss of a life he'll
save the day yet."
1991 June 24, John Skow et al., " Life In The Age Of Lyme," Time:
An effective vaccine would
save the day and last year researchers at Yale were reporting some progress.
2008 May 28, Eugene Robinson, " The ravages of the Clinton campaign," San Francisco Chronicle:
Maybe a strapping woodsman will come along and
save the day.
Usage notes Edit
Often suggestive of a rescue executed in a
valiant or heroic manner, and sometimes used ironically to indicate that the rescue was not particularly heroic or that the situation was not particularly dire.