Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

back–scratching

play
noun back–scratch·ing \ˈbak-ˌskra-chiŋ\

Definition of back–scratching

  1. :  the reciprocal exchange of favors, services, assistance, or praise



1904

First Known Use of back–scratching

1904

Rhymes with back–scratching


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up back–scratching? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a smart aleck

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image567572573

Which of these is a synonym of unctuous?

maudlin angry oily prompt
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ