Scratch my back and I'll scratch yours

This page is about the saying "Scratch my back and I'll scratch yours".

Possible interpretation: I will help you if you will help me. If you do me a favour I'll do one for you in return.

Note: scratch (verb) = rub (a part of the body) with one's fingernails to stop an itch or for pleasure | Also known as: "You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours."

Origin: Possibly related to observations of animals like monkeys who scratch each other's backs because they can't scratch their own.

Quick Quiz:

When Wanda said to Mary "scratch my back and I'll scratch yours", she meant

a. if you attack me I'll attack you back

b. if you help me with my homework I'll help you with yours

c. don't expect me to help you in return

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Contributor: Josef Essberger