Definition: Credit for doing a good deed, or for giving someone a compliment (usually a boss, teacher, or other authority)


When I told the boss his new suit was very handsome, the other employees laughed and said I was just trying to score brownie points.

Sara scored brownie points with her boss when she volunteered to organize the company’s holiday party.

Note: This phrase is a mild insult. Use it when you are suggesting someone’s motives are shallow or self-serving.



About Matt Krause

Matt began his professional life as an import buyer, and since 2006 has been teaching companies how to connect with their investors and clients better. His clients work in Istanbul, London, and Madrid for companies like Allianz, 3M, P&G, Citibank, and Reckitt Benckiser. He also walked across Turkey and wrote a book about it.