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.]
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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]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

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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