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Definition of backscratching noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

backscratching

 noun
noun
NAmE//ˈbækˌskrætʃɪŋ//
 
[uncountable] (informal) (often disapproving)
 
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the fact of giving someone help in return for help that they have given you, often in connection with something that might be illegal
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: backscratching