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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.
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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?
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In all, the proposal was surely a romantic enough gesture to have racked up enough Brownie points and beer tokens to have a riotous stag do.
Lads points (and lose any Brownie points accumulated).
There are no brownie points in heaven for having knocked on a specific number of doors.
As an atheist I have a strong moral code that's not motivated by adding brownie points in the hope of getting to heaven.
I can safely say after sitting through Shrek, 150 screaming kids and 12 visits to the toilet, I must have earned some brownie points.
Also this would be a good time for our new Prime Minister to get some brownie points and reduce fuel tax and fuel duty.
MILLIONS of brownie points for Faith Brown, who conquered her fear of heights-and all without crying like a Leeming.
Get it right, and you could earn precious brownie points from the boss and the back-slapping praise of your colleagues.
Here's a chance to earn Brownie points from your dearly beloved and STILL enjoy yourself at the same time.
He was in Chicago, and maybe he was trying to get some brownie points, because he left them for money.
I wonder, could it possibly be our soft welfare state which has supported her having two children, presumably to gain extra asylum brownie points, since she arrived on these shores.
IT'S all well and good thanking the official bodies for their support and trying to score brownie points with them, but did you stop to think that there may be others involved who care as much for their community?
He added: "Kids don't recognise me, but their parents point me out to get Brownie points in Tesco.
She also wins brownie points for honesty and modesty: "I don't know if I've given it up (stand-up) but I'm not doing it at the moment because I don't have anything to say.
If you want to impress your girlfriend but don't have much cash, the research shows a bit of extra care and attention can earn you several brownie points.