back scratcher

or back-scratch·er, back·scratch·er


a long-handled device for scratching one's own back.
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for backscratcher

/ (ˈbækˌskrætʃə) /


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