back scratcher

or back-scratcher, backscratcher

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  1. a long-handled device for scratching one's own back.

  2. a person who exchanges favors or services for mutual advantage.

Origin of back scratcher

First recorded in 1785–95

Other words from back scratcher

  • back scratching, noun

Words Nearby back scratcher Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use back scratcher in a sentence

  • Ive some nice three-legged kettles, a soup tureen that came over in the Mayflower, an ivory back-scratcher that hails from India.

    Peter Cotterell's Treasure | Rupert Sargent Holland
  • On a writing-table lay a volume of Shakespeare, and, on an occasional table, a carved ivory back-scratcher.

    Dead Souls | Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol

British Dictionary definitions for backscratcher


/ (ˈbækˌskrætʃə) /

  1. an implement with a long handle, used for scratching one's back

  2. informal a person who provides a service, corporate or public money etc, for another, in order to receive a similar service or reward in return

Derived forms of backscratcher

  • backscratching, noun

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