brownie point


often capitalized B
: a credit regarded as earned especially by currying favor (as with a superior)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Luckily, there are a lot of girlfriends and wives on staff here at Women's Health who have gifted their boyfriend's moms some great presents over the years, all of which have earned them some serious brownie points. Women's Health, 19 Mar. 2023 No, Carter shouldn’t get brownie points for having to leave the combine in the first place. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, 17 Mar. 2023 Noem, who boasts all-American roots in the heartland, has long been a favorite of Trump while Huckabee Sanders wins brownie points for her loyal service as his one-time White House spokeswoman. Dave Goldiner New York Daily News (tns), al, 8 Mar. 2023 For brownie points, drive an Italian car with these on. Justin Helton, Car and Driver, 8 Mar. 2023 The fact that Factor's chefs handled all of that for me earned the service extra brownie points in my mind. Allaire Nuss, Health, 26 Feb. 2023 While people are thrilled that the statue is gone, some have rightly pointed out that the city, and Kenney, in particular, should not receive brownie points for their decision to finally take it down., 3 June 2020 As each task is completed, reward yourself with virtual brownie points (not chips or cookies!), then go on to the next one. Jane E. Brody, New York Times, 18 May 2020 To really score some brownie points with your working mom friends, bring over toys, games, or books that will keep her kids busy for at least 5-10 minutes. Megan Boettcher, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Apr. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of brownie point was in 1951

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“Brownie point.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

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