scratch someone's back

idiom

Definition of scratch someone's back

informal
: to do something that helps someone else but that is often difficult to do or wrong and with the expectation of help in return usually used in the phrase You scratch my back, and I'll scratch yours.

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“Scratch someone's back.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scratch%20someone%27s%20back. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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