scratch (one's) back

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scratch (one's) back

To provide one with a favor; to do something generous, helpful, or beneficial for someone. Usually implies that the favor is expected or hoped to be returned in the future. The president has been accused of scratching the oil industry's backs with a series of executive actions that put them in a position to make a lot more money. I've been scratching his back for years now—getting him a job, helping him move into his apartment, lending him money to buy furniture. The least he could do is help me clean out my house before I move. Just get me the information on the senator I need, and I'll make sure it's worth your while—you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours, OK?
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

scratch someone's back

Do someone a favor in hopes that a favor will be returned. For example, I don't mind driving this time-she's scratched my back plenty of times. It also is put as you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours, as in If you do the laundry I'll do the cooking-you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours. This idiom was first recorded in 1704.
See also: back, scratch
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Do you know that itchy feeling that grips you with the unstoppable urge to scratch your back ?A Before you know it, you have to extend your hand to give into the impulse to scratch the itch again.
Our human relationship must go beyond the narrow limits of 'You scratch my back; I scratch your back.' People expect a similar return to what they do to others; favors are reciprocated, compliments returned, thus balance and measures are clear.
The former legislator said the party entered into a "scratch my back I scratch your back" kind of partnership with jubilee and that the same will still stand.
Simply translated, it means, "I'll scratch your back if you'll scratch mine." This is fine, as long as the individuals doing the scratching are doing the right thing.
Estrada's attendance in our event with the traditional parties' unprincipled I scratch your back, you scratch mine type of alliances.
What we do need is a leader, not a public school Bullingdon club, I scratch your back man or woman, or a strong belt and braces flat-cap pigeonracing person, that will play on a level playing field.
Lawsky described the consulting industry as sometimes "infected by an 'I'll scratch your back if you scratch mine' culture and a stunning lack of independence," in a statement.
Cuddle up to him yes, but don't ask him to scratch your back My mate The Rock - Dwayne Johnson - helped me with my eating he had me on 6,000 calories a day.
In true 'I'll scratch your back if you scratch mine' fashion, Kuwait is allegedly returning the favor in the shape of $6 billion.
To be honest, you're probably wasting your time by searching the newspaper adverts for the ideal home, because the best ones never make it that far (however, there are pages and pages of ads from women who will scratch your back and more--without the aid of vitamins--if you're into that kind of thing!).
That decision to reduce Galvin's ban only makes people all the more skeptical about the "I'll scratch your back if you scratch mine" antics that go on in the GAA.
Some British authors have reportedly admitted to giving glowing cover endorsements to books they don't like or haven't even read, as part of what one author has described as an 'I'll scratch your back, you scratch mine' culture between writers.
Sacrifices on behalf of non-kin are undertaken only for compensation - I'll scratch your back if you'll scratch mine.
Then, evolutionary game theory suggested that genetic strangers manage to get along by relying on another formula: "I'll scratch your back if you scratch mine." Much of this work relied on the prisoner's dilemma model, which asks two individuals kept unaware of each other's choices to either cooperate on a task--yielding a modest mutual benefit--or act selfishly.
I let out a great sigh and asked, "What else can you do with "scratch your back," I had already cleaned my nails with the pocket clip.