teacher's pet

teacher's pet

noun
a pupil who is a favorite of a teacher.

Origin:
1925–30

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teacher's pet

A person who has gained favor with authority, as in Al has managed to be teacher's pet in any job he has held. This expression transfers the original sense of a teacher's favorite pupil to broader use. [1920s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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