Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

brownie points

brownie points
Meaning(s)
1) credit received for a good deed or an attempt to please
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    • get/score/earn/win brownie points
  • Analysis

     'Brownie points' are an imaginary social currency which are considered credits for a good deed. This is a noun used in informal contexts to talk about gaining favour with someone by pleasing them in some way.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. If you're looking to score yourself some brownie points with your wife, you should surprise her with a nice candlelit dinner tonight.
    2. When I told Catherine that I thought the drawing was terrible, I had no idea she was the person who drew it. I've definitely lost some brownie points with her after that!
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Chris isn't putting in all those extra hours because he's a dedicated worker, he's doing it to earn himself some brownie points with the boss so he can climb the ladder.
    2. Anyone who can volunteer to work on Saturday is going to gain serious brownie points.
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