teacher's pet


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*teacher's pet

the teacher's favorite student. (*Typically: be ~; become ~.) Sally is the teacher's pet. She always gets special treatment. The other students don't like the teacher's pet.
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teacher's pet

A person who has gained favor with authority, as in Al has managed to be teacher's pet in any job he has held. This expression transfers the original sense of a teacher's favorite pupil to broader use. [1920s]
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teacher's pet

Someone who seeks preferential treatment. A derisive epithet hurled at a student who tries to curry a teacher's favor in hopes of a better grade. Such a charge, valid or not, often led to cloakroom or schoolyard challenges and bloody noses. Outside of school, it was applied to people who insinuated themselves to authority in the hope of special treatment. The French equivalent is “teacher's little cabbage.”
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YESTERDAY'S SOLUTIONS WEE THINKER ACROSS: 7 Diagram 9 Reeds 10 Apace 11 Spangle 12 Coo 13 Coleslaw 16 Kinetics 17 Ups 19 Penguin 21 Extra 22 Odour 23 Enthral DOWN: 1 Advance 2 Macaroni 3 Free 4 Arkansas 5 Berg 6 Isles 8 Misalliance 13 Chequers 14 Adultery 15 Assault 18 Apron 20 Nook 21 Eats QUICKIE ACROSS: 1 Close finish 8 Woe 9 Ham 11 Amateur 12 Drive 13 Lap 14 Net 15 Tipster 17 See 19 Urge 21 Mass 23 Tone 25 Slur 27 Pub 29 Majesty 31 Amp 34 Bee 36 Roast 37 Topside 38 Par 39 Lid 40 Teacher's pet DOWN: 1 Coma 2 Leap 3 Species 4 Forest 5 Nudge 6 Shin 7 Have 8 Wales 10 Metre 16 Run 18 Emu 20 Rep 22 Arm 24 Octopus 25 Sharp 26 Beetle 28 Bleed 30 Attic 32 Moat 33 Pare 34 Bile 35 Edit
But the latter depends on whether the teacher likes the pupil and, by experience, this usually varies from person to person - there always used to be talk of a teacher's pet.
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Then one day, she turns Ethel, the teacher's pet into her deadly enemy.
However, he quickly becomes teacher's pet and is promptly promoted to shift supervisor.