back-scratch·​ing ˈbak-ˌskra-chiŋ How to pronounce back-scratching (audio)
: the reciprocal exchange of favors, services, assistance, or praise

Examples of back-scratching in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of back-scratching was in 1882

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“Back-scratching.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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