carrot–and–stick

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

Definition of carrot–and–stick

  1. :  characterized by the use of both reward and punishment to induce cooperation carrot–and–stick foreign policy the carrot–and–stick style of sales management

Origin and Etymology 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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capable of being understood in two ways

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