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win brownie points
To earn praise or appreciation as a result of something one has done. I think I'll win some brownie points with my mom if I set the table. He's always offering to do odd jobs for the boss in an attempt to win brownie points.
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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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