teacher's pet

noun

Definition of teacher's pet

1 : a pupil who has won the teacher's special favor
2 : a person who is treated as a favorite by one in authority

Examples of teacher's pet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This sponge was a real teacher's pet, earning a perfect score in all of our tests, with little to no absorption, flawless and quick application, and easy cleanup. Madison Yauger, PEOPLE.com, 16 May 2022 The other factions are as follows: the C's, the teacher's pets. Omar Sanchez, EW.com, 17 Apr. 2020 But in elementary and high schools, Apple has gone from teacher's pet to the back of the class. Geoffrey A. Fowler, chicagotribune.com, 27 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of teacher's pet

1914, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Teacher's pet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/teacher%27s%20pet. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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