Definition of you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours in US English:

you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours

phrase

proverb
  • If you do me a favor, I'll return it.

    • ‘This statement expresses the real relations between the trade unions and management: you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours.’
    • ‘What is so objectionable is the cosiness of it all: you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours.’
    • ‘The idea behind this goes back to you scratch my back I scratch yours.’
    • ‘The amalgamated union of executive and non-executive directors represents a friendly society which operates on the basis of ‘you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours’.’
    • ‘She said the concept is based on the saying, ‘you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours’.’
    • ‘It's a story of ‘you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours.’’
    • ‘A state that is run according to the principle of ‘you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours’ does not possess the authority required for carrying out ‘painful cuts’.’
    • ‘‘Cooperative’ partnership may be an underused form of relationship between organisations, although it uses mechanisms by which lots of individual business gets done: you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours.’
    • ‘In short, I would prefer honest reviews over the watered-down "you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours’ kind.’