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
Related formsback 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 Formsbackscratching, noun
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