To do something that receives a positive reaction or enhances one's reputation or standing with someone. I scored 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.
1. If someone scores points off you, they make themselves seem better or more intelligent than you in a discussion or argument. In the next session group members agreed to consider each other's contributions rather than use them to score points off each other. He has been trying hard not to appear as though he was using the situation to score political points. Note: You can refer to this type of behaviour as point-scoring. It is hard to see what an inquiry is going to achieve, other than some political point-scoring. Note: This expression is often used to show that someone is more interested in making an opponent look foolish than in saying or doing anything useful.
2. If you score points, you do something that impresses someone or makes them like you. These companies are hoping to score points with consumers and businesses by helping them to organize the information stored on their hard drives.
score points (off)deliberately make yourself appear superior to someone else by making clever remarks.
1986 Jack Batten Judges There's nothing condescending or cruel about his wit. He doesn't score points off the people in the prisoners' box. He doesn't take advantage.