earn brownie points

earn brownie points

To elicit praise or be viewed favorably by one due to some action. I think I'll earn some brownie points with my mom if I set the table.
See also: brownie, earn, point
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The Chief Minister further said that as the Congress Party has been disappearing from the state since quite a long time; it might have thought that by raising the bonus issue, it would earn brownie points and would aim to return to power in 2018.
If so, what an offensively bad and sick joke it was,' she said, as she also said if the proposal was meant to earn brownie points from the Palace, then 'what a deplorably blatant and shameless way to feather one's own interest.
Lee was another to earn brownie points from her father Richard with the success of Mr Bachster, ridden by Jamie Moore, in the 2m11/2f handicap chase.
Of course businesses should seek to help the communities they operate in and I'm not bothered if they do it to earn brownie points, but it's no good painting the village hall and then "beating the slaves" at work.
You are likely to earn brownie points by helping out a relative in need.
Even if the jokes thud, the stars are likeable and the film's intelligence (albeit a slick, snarky kind of intelligence) is obvious -- whether it's a quick aerial shot of cops on a rooftop, aping the Michael Bay style, or Schmidt trying to earn brownie points with Captain Dickson by flaunting his right-on credentials: "We care so much more because [the victim] is black.
The rationale for their actions could have been not to dilute the strength of the Muslims in independent India or earn brownie points with the Hindus, is not clear.
Earn brownie points ahead of Christmas by celebrating Burning of the Devil festival with Guatemalans.
And so-called "designated drivers" can not only earn brownie points from their mates by offering to be chauffeur for the night.
A garage can earn brownie points by offering "superior amenities", having women in customerfacing roles and organising ladies' evenings.
Yes, politicians will berate each other in public in order to earn brownie points from us while secretly rejoicing the fact they themselves are always protected from the hikes in the name of duty to the public - so hardly anything effective will result through all the debates and discussions.
Meanwhile, Jac is rushing to get through her other patients so she can assist Hanssen and earn brownie points in her quest for the consultancy position.
Tonight, dad Martin (Paul Ritter) aims to pull off the impossible - earn brownie points from mum Jackie (Tamsin Greig) by clearing the loft of his treasured New Scientist magazines while secretly saving them from the bonfire and hoarding them in the shed.
Beijing has used Japan's gesture to earn brownie points with the public.