back-scratching

noun
back-scratch·​ing | \ ˈbak-ˌskra-chiŋ How to pronounce back-scratching (audio) \

Definition of back-scratching

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

First Known Use of back-scratching

1882, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of back-scratching was in 1882

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