Word Origin See more synonyms for Brownie point on Thesaurus.com a credit toward advancement or good standing gained especially by currying favor. Origin of Brownie point
First recorded in
1960–65; from the point system based on good behavior and performance used by Brownies for advancement
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British Dictionary definitions for brownie points a notional mark to one's credit earned for being seen to do the right thing Word Origin for Brownie point
C20: from the mistaken notion that Brownie Guides earn points for good deeds
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Idioms and Phrases with brownie points
Credit for a good deed, as in
John earned a lot of brownie points for doing his boss's report for him. The term originated with the points earned for various achievements by the youngest group of the Girl Scouts, called Brownies. In the mid-1900s it was transferred to general use.
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