back-scratching
noun Date: 1904 the reciprocal exchange of favors, services, assistance, or praise

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • back-scratching — [bak′skrach΄iŋ] n. Informal a reciprocal exchange of favors, aid, or compliments * * * …   Universalium

  • back-scratching — back .scratching n [U] the act of doing nice things for someone in order to get something in return …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • back-scratching — [bak′skrach΄iŋ] n. Informal a reciprocal exchange of favors, aid, or compliments …   English World dictionary

  • back scratching — noun : the reciprocal exchange of favors, services, or assistance tending to the private advantage or interest of the parties to the exchange promotion becomes no longer a matter of merit but of log rolling, back scratching, and of obsequious… …   Useful english dictionary

  • back scratching — scratching someone s back; doing someone a favor (especially for a favor in return) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • back-scratching — /ˈbæk skrætʃɪŋ/ (say bak skraching) noun 1. the scratching of another person s back to relieve an itch. 2. the provision of services to another in expectation of receiving similar services in return. –back scratcher, noun …   Australian English dictionary

  • back scratching — Synonyms and related words: apple polishing, ass kissing, backscratching, barter, bootlicking, brown nosing, cringing, even trade, fawnery, fawning, flunkyism, footlicking, groveling, handshaking, influence peddling, ingratiation, insinuation,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • back-scratching — …   Useful english dictionary

  • back scratcher — back scratching. 1. a long handled device for scratching one s own back. 2. a person who exchanges favors or services for mutual advantage. Also, back scratcher, backscratcher. [1785 95] * * * …   Universalium

  • back scratcher — noun : a device shaped like a hand, mounted at the end of a stick, and used to scratch one s own back * * * back scratching. 1. a long handled device for scratching one s own back. 2. a person who exchanges favors or services for mutual advantage …   Useful english dictionary

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