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brownie point

An informal and intangible mark of credit or approval, as from having done a good deed or by ingratiating oneself to others (especially one's superiors). Usually used in the plural. The company earned brownie points with the community for contributing part of their yearly earnings toward local development. You might get brownie points from the boss for volunteering to do things around the office, but it won't translate into a pay raise or promotion.
See also: brownie, point

earn/get brownie points

  (informal)
to get praise or approval for something you have done I thought I might get some brownie points by helping to organize the party.
See also: brownie, earn, point

brown-nose

  (informal)
to try too hard to please someone, especially someone in a position of authority, in a way that other people find unpleasant The rest of the class were sick of watching him brown-nose.

brownie points

Credit for a good deed, as in John earned a lot of brownie points for doing his boss's report for him. The term originated with the points earned for various achievements by the youngest group of the Girl Scouts, called Brownies. In the mid-1900s it was transferred to general use.
See also: brownie, point

brownie points

n. imaginary credit for doing something well. (Originally “demerits” in railroading.) How many brownie points do I get for not frowning when you take my picture?
See also: brownie, point

brown-nose

1. and brownie and brown-noser n. a sycophant; one who flatters for self-serving motives. You are just a plain old brown-nose. Will some brown-noser please try to get the teacher to put off the test?
2. tv. & in. to curry favor with someone; to be a sycophant. Don keeps brown-nosing, and the professor pretends not to notice.

brownie

verb
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This doesn't surprise me: half of this brownie is dense cake, the other half is pure chocolate, and a few calorie- laden bites pack the kind of punch you would normally get from eating a full bar of chocolate.
Cut brownies into squares along edges of peppermint tops, wiping knife clean between cuts.
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My mum helped me write this and says if you put it in the paper, more grown-ups will want to be Brown Owls and I can be a Brownie.
The brownies will be launched next month and will be followed in the spring with a new chocolate velvet torte, family-sized chocolate souffles and new fruits and formats for the Fru sister brand.
Pour in the brownie batter and spread into an even layer.
Dunye probably intended Brownie to be menacing, but she just comes off as cartoonish.
Each chocolate chip cookie brownie is made with semisweet chocolate chips in a cookie-batter brownie, topped with a chocolatey drizzle and contains 20 percent of the Daily Value of fiber (5g per serving).
TOLEDO, Ohio, June 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Summer is the season for S'mores, and Marco's Pizza is introducing its own twist on this popular campfire treat with the introduction of a S'mores Brownie, along with a Double Chocolate Brownie.
MORE than 1,400 of Girlguiding West Mercia's Brownies and leaders (Wolverhampton and Black Country) spent a day in the sunshine at Weston Park, Staffordshire recently, celebrating their 100th birthday.
Throughout the Big Brownie Birthday event, girls enjoyed circus skills, rugby lessons, belly dancing and craft sessions.
THE 6th Cardiff St John's Brownie unit marked the Big Brownie Birthday (100 years) at Fablas Icecream parlour in Canton, when the owner gave up the whole store to the Brownies.
MORE than 700 Brownies from Girlguiding Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull celebrated the Big Brownie Birthday, 100 years of Brownies.
Leading bakery ingredient and product supplier CSM United Kingdom announce the latest addition to the Craigmillar American range of cake mixes, the White Fudge Brownie Mix.