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brownie points

Praise or appreciation, usually a result of something one has done. I think I'll earn some brownie points with my mom if I set the table.
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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

COMMON If someone gets brownie points for doing something, they are praised and admired for it. You might want to earn brownie points by fitting in with the local traditions. These promotions allow supermarkets to score brownie points with the consumer by offering them a cheap deal. Note: The Brownies is an organization for young girls. Members are expected to be well-behaved and helpful.
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ˈbrownie points

if somebody does something to earn brownie points, they do it to make somebody in authority have a good opinion of them: She’s only working late to win brownie points with the boss. OPPOSITE: a black mark (against somebody)
The Brownies is a club for young girls which trains them in practical skills and does a lot of activities such as camping. The girls are awarded points for good behaviour and achievements.
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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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brownie points, win

Earn credits to one’s good standing, advancement, or the like. The term comes from the system of awards used by the junior division of the Girl Scouts of America, called the Brownies. In the mid-twentieth century it began to be applied figuratively to good deeds or worthy accomplishments in any area.
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Oh yes, fathers on the hunt for pre-footie Brownie points are not very difficult to deal with.
'Election season has arrived and with the President's ratings remaining high, the political opposition's recourse is to score political brownie points by foisting demolition and relocation, both gut issues on the part of the urban poor, to attack the President,' Panelo said.
Islamabad [Pakistan], May 11 ( ANI ): Clarifying his predecessor Nawaz Sharif 's recent statement about the Mumbai attacks, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday appealed the opposition members not to put the country's national security in jeopardy for earning brownie points politically.
I know he would appreciate a card from you more than me and my brownie points would go through the roof!" To her delight, Mr Warnock penned a personal response, returning the card with the message: "Get your priorities right Mark and we'll see you in the New Year.
Alain Juppe became the latest person to express his love for Irish supporters who have been scoring brownie points for us throughout Euro 2016.
According to Shell critics the donation is just an "attempt to score some brownie points and exit from the scene gracefully, rather than have the permits pried from their hands by force."
Speaking to an Indian news channel, Ustad Ghulam Ali said he was hurt by politics being played over his concerts and upset over how Indian political parties were trying to score brownie points by not letting him perform in the country.
Legendary Pakistani Ghazal singer Ghulam Ali has cancelled all his future concerts in India, saying he will not perform in the country until issues between the two neighbouring nations settle down.Speaking to an Indian news channel, Ustad Ghulam Ali said he was hurt by politics being played over his concerts and upset over how Indian political parties were trying to score brownie points by not letting him perform in the country.
He wiped his eyes, saying: "Oh my God, you have just won me so many brownie points with my wife."
Elsewhere, Kev's new squeeze, Jenny, does her best to win Brownie points by inviting Sophie and Maddie round for a meal, but Sophie's alarmed when she sees a different side to her dad's girlfriend.
Attacking the party's proposed January 22 rally against drug abuse in Punjab, Badal said the Congress was trying to " score brownie points in the media".
EMMERDALE (7pm ITV) ROBERT is coming out of that burglary he orchestrated with all kinds of brownie points he really doesn't deserve.
KEITH LASLEY reckons Motherwell deserve to be cut some slack for their poor start to the season after earning brownie points from their last two campaigns.
She can take some solace in the fact Eamon Gilmore's resignation won the party some brownie points from supporters.
One wonders if the doctor receives brownie points or promotion for saving the NHS money.