brownie point

noun, often capitalized B

Definition of brownie point

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

Examples of brownie point in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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. refinery29.com, "Frank Rizzo’s Statue Was An Ode To White Supremacy — & It Never Should Have Existed," 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, "How to Maintain Motivation in a Pandemic," 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, "4 Thoughtful Ways to Show Your Mom Friends Extra Love on Mother's Day," 28 Apr. 2020 All the doom and gloom aside, the time is upon you to one-up your pals with some factual knowledge, courtesy of Opta, that is sure to earn you brownie points in the everlasting battle to have the biggest footballing brain. SI.com, "Wolves vs Watford: 8 Key Facts & Stats to Impress Your Mates Ahead of Premier League Clash," 28 Sep. 2019 For two decades, Senator Sessions kept his head down in the weeds - and against the weed - voting Alabama/Bible belt/NRA red, collecting conservative brownie points and being a loyal Boy Scout to the old ways. J.d. Crowe | Jdcrowe@al.com, al, "Run, Jeff Sessions, run," 30 Oct. 2019 But there’s no sign yet if O’Rourke’s new strategy will win him more than progressive brownie points. Casey Tolan, The Mercury News, "Reinventing his presidential bid, Beto O’Rourke goes woke in California visit," 19 Sep. 2019 Both got brownie points for wearing black shoes, pun intended. Rubén Rosario, Twin Cities, "Rosario: Right now, trash collection dispute is a lose-lose situation," 20 Aug. 2019 So, tactically, China has a chance to win brownie points with America’s business lobby. The Economist, "Financial links between China and America deepen, despite the trade war," 6 July 2019

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First Known Use of brownie point

1951, in the meaning defined above

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“Brownie point.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brownie%20point. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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