Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An amount of credit considered as earned, especially by favorably impressing a superior.

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  • noun idiomatic, slang Credit or praise for good work or a good deed, often for the express purpose of currying favor.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From the practice of awarding points for achievement to Brownies in the Girl Scouts.]

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Comes from the points Girl Guides or Girl Scouts at the Brownie level (ages 6-8) receive for doing specific tasks that when accumulated earn them badges (a sign of recognition) to wear on their Brownie Uniform.

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