scratch back

scratch someone's back

1. Lit. to scratch, usually with the fingers, the parts of someone's back that they cannot reach. Please scratch my back between my shoulder blades.
2. Fig. to do a favor for someone in return for a favor done for you. You scratch my back, and I'll scratch yours. We believe that the mayor has been scratching the treasurer's back.
See also: back, scratch
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The former England manager admitted he did not want to risk United's senior defenders picking up injuries on Providence Park's plastic pitch, Gael Bigirimana and Shane Ferguson part of a scratch back four.
I've worried about to fake all tries to do it get us up on I was quite insistent with Gore (Verbinski - the director) that I wanted to be a bit tougher, and snap back and scratch back and spit back.
We were down and had to scratch back," Singler said.
We tried to scratch back, but the deficit was too big, and Torres did a good job on the mound," Mocerino said.
And it means that Wales' personnel crisis has gone from bad to worse with a scratch back line now assembled to take on the championship favourites this Sunday.
Being a company that started from scratch back in the early '90s, we built up our staff from scratch and ended up with a highly, technically competent group.
His grandad, the late Bernard Snr, Ben for short, built up the shops from scratch back in 1944 into the biggest retail business in Ireland.
With Cov using the opportunity to play four guest forwards in their starting XV and forced to put out a scratch back line, the game was largely a no contest with Northampton scoring three tries in the opening 11 minutes to lead 19-0 and a dozen in total before referee Paul Dickens whistled up early.
We didn't have the time to fund and create from scratch back office services like hardware, software, processes and staffing.