make points (with someone)

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make points (with someone)

To do something that receives a positive reaction or enhances one's reputation or standing with someone. I made some points with my mother-in-law by offering to wash the dishes after the big meal. You're not going to score any points with the coach by showing up late to practice. Ben thinks he can score points with Leslie by donating to the fundraising campaign she's promoting.
See also: make, point

make points

(with someone) Fig. to gain favor with someone; to impress someone. (See also make a point.) Tom is trying to make points with Ann. He wants to ask her out. He's trying to make points by smiling and telling her how nice she looks.
See also: make, point