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teacher's pet

a pupil who is a favorite of a teacher.
Origin of teacher's pet
1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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 ]
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