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.

Nearby words

  1. back row,
  2. back run,
  3. back saw,
  4. back scatter,
  5. back score,
  6. back seat,
  7. back shaft,
  8. back shift,
  9. back slang,
  10. back staff

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



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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