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Scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours

DEFINITION

Agree to help one another. The phrase implies a tacit understanding that if I assist you with money, words or actions,  you will repay me in some manner I need. The suggestion is that what is being exchanged are either illegal or immoral. The idiom is best illustrated by the movie, The Godfather when he says “I will do this favor for you, but one day I may ask a favor of you in return.” (Compare to Quid pro quo.)

“Listen you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours. So, if you get her to go on a date with me, I, in turn, will let you use my car this weekend.”

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