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Brownie point

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noun Informal.
  1. a credit toward advancement or good standing gained especially by currying favor.
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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 point

Brownie point

  1. a notional mark to one's credit earned for being seen to do the right thing
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Word Origin

C20: from the mistaken notion that Brownie Guides earn points for good deeds
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