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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The sizzling brownie with vanilla ice cream from Brownie Point and the 31 varieties of rich and creamy ice cream from Baskin Robbins is sure to appeal to all ages.
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.
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So in all, a car can earn a maximum of seven brownie points.
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.
Bonus brownie points for calling upon Mariah's pal, ring designer Wilfredo Rosado, to design the weighty platinum piece a fortnight ago.
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.