brownie point

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Brownie point

also brownie point
n. Informal
An amount of credit considered as earned, especially by favorably impressing one having power or influence.

[From the practice of awarding points for achievement to Brownies in the Girl Scouts.]

Brownie point

a notional mark to one's credit earned for being seen to do the right thing
[C20: from the mistaken notion that Brownie Guides earn points for good deeds]

brown′ie point`

a credit toward advancement or good standing gained esp. by currying favor.
[1960–65; from the point system used by Brownies for advancement]
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However, when I looked closely at his biased view justifying successive American governments going into wars, including the Iraq invasion and the affectionate term he used for "our American friends", it is clear the man is trying to earn a Brownie point or two from good old Uncle Sam.
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And didn't turn an interest' Tha| HEAVEN knows there's little to break the dull rhythm of the rubber stamp falling at a full council meeting, so half a Brownie point to Lord Mayor Gary Crookes for leading the chamber in a chorus of Happy Birthday To You for council leader Ann Lucas.
Durex say celebrity brownie point princes include burglar-battling Ozzy Osbourne and Vic Reeves, husband of I'm A Celebrity's Nancy Sorrell, who arrived in the jungle this week.
Speaking to an Indian news channel, Ustad Ghulam Ali said he was hurt by politics being played over his concerts and upset over how Indian political parties were trying to score brownie points by not letting him perform in the country.
He wiped his eyes, saying: "Oh my God, you have just won me so many brownie points with my wife.
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.
Attacking the party's proposed January 22 rally against drug abuse in Punjab, Badal said the Congress was trying to " score brownie points in the media".
The pride of Scunthorpe also won brownie points for his modesty, as he declared: "I've said from day one 'I don't know why I'm here'.
EMMERDALE (7pm ITV) ROBERT is coming out of that burglary he orchestrated with all kinds of brownie points he really doesn't deserve.
KEITH LASLEY reckons Motherwell deserve to be cut some slack for their poor start to the season after earning brownie points from their last two campaigns.