back scratcher


Definition of back scratcher

: a device shaped like a hand, mounted at the end of a stick, and used to scratch one's own back

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First Known Use of back scratcher

1834, in the meaning defined above

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“Back scratcher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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