carrot-and-stick

adjective
car·​rot-and-stick | \ ˌker-ət-ᵊn-ˈstik How to pronounce carrot-and-stick (audio) , ˌka-rət-\

Definition of carrot-and-stick

: 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

First Known Use of carrot-and-stick

1876, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for carrot-and-stick

from the traditional alternatives of driving a donkey on by either holding out a carrot or whipping it with a stick

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The first known use of carrot-and-stick was in 1876

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