I am watching Younger, an American drama. The following exchange occurs in Season 1, episode 1, 16:10:

A :Jane Austen has over 1,000 followers. How cool is that?

B :Am I supposed to congratulate you?

A: No, I just thought...

B: Just expected a gold star for doing your job. That's the problem with your generation.

What does "Just expected a gold star for doing your job" mean?


"Just expected a gold star for doing your job" is an accusation that a person has an exaggerated sense of entitlement. The accused expected special recognition (a gold star) for merely doing something required (his or her job).

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    Possible origin: self-adhesive gold(colored)-foil stars affixed to elementary school students' accepted homework. – keshlam May 10 '15 at 4:44

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