win brownie points

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.
See also: brownie, win
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"Albanians should once and for all renounce their narrow thinking that either you are with Nikola, or with Zoran", stated Ibrahimi and added that BESA won't be a branch of any Macedonian party and won't adopt their decisions just to win brownie points.
I don't clock up hours to win brownie points from my boss but instead condense my work to ensure I'm finished before the school run - my only unmissable deadline.
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.
He is considered to be at particular risk of attack and has been trying to win brownie points from inmates.
In their attempt to win brownie points, deputies will create another legal mess.
I know why Binay did that: He wants to win brownie points among the ranks of the poor.
"We seem to believe that our security can be best assured if we do what we can to win brownie points with the US.
Knowing a little bit about your interviewers can certainly help in conversation, if you can ask questions about their past work experience and why they chose their university, you win brownie points, it shows you're interested.
KATE Middleton should not win brownie points because she is willing to join the royals in slaughtering birds and animals.
Josh looked like a nice boy, the type of clean-cut youngster with a cheesy grin who could happily front any boy-band and win brownie points from lonely grannies, but the song was totally naff.
I win brownie points for a bright orange shirt dress which is in my colour palette, has a deep v-front to avoid the dreaded monoboob and has flattering ruching.
Ashley tries to win brownie points by helping Claire out with her latest venture before revealing he didn't go through with having the snip.
The taste of Indian cooking can win brownie points. (5 6)
People should remember this is a talent show, and they should be auditioning and not trying to win brownie points by playing the sympathy card to the judges.