brownie points
   the supposed rewards of
   currying favour with your superiors
   Baden-Powell's Brownies, whose name puns on the colour of the uniform and the benevolence of the creatures who perform good deeds around the home by night, win promotion, to the exalted position of sixer or beyond, through the award of points for good works or achievement:
    Then you'll find out who slid the blade into Sidney Leonides. And you'll get brownie points for clearing a homicide. (Sanders, 1987)

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  • brownie points — UK US noun [plural] informal approval you get from your teacher or boss by doing extra work or special favours He’s just trying to win some brownie points. Thesaurus: praise and admirationsynonym * * * noun [ …   Useful english dictionary

  • brownie points — brownie ,points noun plural INFORMAL approval you get from your teacher or boss by doing extra work or special FAVORS: He s just trying to win some brownie points …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • brownie points — If you try to earn Brownie points with someone, you do things you know will please them …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • brownie points — points for doing extra work for the manager    Bruno earns brownie points by offering to help the manager …   English idioms

  • brownie points — n. imaginary credit for doing something well. (Originally ‘demerits’ in railroading.) □ How many brownie points do I get for not frowning when you take my picture? □ No brownie points for you, twit! …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • brownie points —    If you try to earn Brownie points with someone, you do things you know will please them.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • brownie points — UK / US noun [plural] informal approval you get from your teacher or boss by doing extra work or special favours He s just trying to win some brownie points …   English dictionary

  • Brownie points —   If you try to earn Brownie points with someone, you do things you know will please them …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • brownie points —  Positive marks or recognition an employee receives for his or her actions from superiors.  ► “Today, they are reemerging as development assignments which can add valuable ‘brownie points’ to the CV of mid career HIGH FLYERS.” (Industrial &… …   American business jargon

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