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carrot-and-stick

carrot–and–stick

adjective car·rot–and–stick \ˌker-ət-ən-ˈstik, ˌka-rət-\

Definition of CARROT-AND-STICK

:  characterized by the use of both reward and punishment to induce cooperation <carrot–and–stick foreign policy>

Origin of CARROT-AND-STICK

from the traditional alternatives of driving a donkey on by either holding out a carrot or whipping it with a stick
First Known Use: 1876

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