brownie point
noun Usage: often capitalized B Date: circa 1962 a credit regarded as earned especially by currying favor (as with a superior)

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • brownie point — brownie .point n win/earn/score etc brownie points informal to get praise for something you have done after trying to make someone have a good opinion of you ▪ I m not doing it just to get brownie points …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • brownie point — ► brownie point informal, humorous a notional award given for an attempt to please. Main Entry: ↑Brownie …   English terms dictionary

  • Brownie point — ☆ Brownie point n. [< ? the notion that merit points are awarded to Brownie Girl Scouts] favor gained, as with a superior, for a relatively unimportant act …   English World dictionary

  • brownie point — noun Usage: sometimes capitalized B : a credit regarded as earned especially by currying favor (as with a superior) * * * Informal. a credit toward advancement or good standing gained esp. by currying favor. [1960 65; from the point system based… …   Useful english dictionary

  • brownie point — brownie points N COUNT: usu pl (disapproval) If someone does something to score brownie points, they do it because they think they will be praised for it. They re just trying to score brownie points with politicians …   English dictionary

  • brownie point — /ˈbraʊni pɔɪnt/ (say brownee poynt) noun 1. an imaginary point scored to one s credit or in one s favour. –phrase 2. win (or earn) brownie points, to win favour or good repute. {? from the points supposedly earned by a Brownie for performing… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Brownie point — noun Credit or praise for good work or a good deed, often for the express purpose of currying favor. Youre really going to get some brownie points from the teacher for that fantastic essay! …   Wiktionary

  • brownie point — humorous a notional award given for a good deed or an attempt to please. → Brownie …   English new terms dictionary

  • brownie point — brown′ie point n. cvb inf a credit toward advancement or good standing gained esp. by currying favor • Etymology: 1960–65; from the point system used by Brownies for advancement …   From formal English to slang

  • Brownie point — Informal. a credit toward advancement or good standing gained esp. by currying favor. [1960 65; from the point system based on good behavior and performance used by Brownies for advancement] * * * …   Universalium

  • Brownie point — imaginary point scored to one s credit or in one s favour …   Dictionary of Australian slang

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