carrot-and-stick
adjective Etymology: from the traditional alternatives of driving a donkey on by either holding out a carrot or whipping it with a stick Date: 1876 characterized by the use of both reward and punishment to induce cooperation <
carrot-and-stick foreign policy
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  • Carrot and stick — (also spelled carrot and stick ) [American Heritage Dictionary, [http://www.bartleby.com/61/89/C0128900.html Entry for carrot and stick ] ] is an idiom that refers to a policy of offering a reward for making progress towards benchmarks or goals… …   Wikipedia

  • carrot and stick — Incentive and punishment, as alternative methods of persuasion • • • Main Entry: ↑carrot carrot and stick see under ↑carrot • • • Main Entry: ↑stick * * * carrot and stick phrase a mixture of promises and threats to persuade someone to do… …   Useful english dictionary

  • carrot and stick — If someone offers a carrot and stick, they offer an incentive to do something combined with the threat of punishment …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • carrot and stick —    If someone offers a carrot and stick, they offer an incentive to do something combined with the threat of punishment.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    If you use a carrot and stick approach, you use the promise of reward and the threat… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • carrot and stick — ADJ: ADJ n If an organization has a carrot and stick approach or policy, they offer people things in order to persuade them to do something and punish them if they refuse to do it. Congress also wants to use a carrot and stick approach to force… …   English dictionary

  • carrot-and-stick — if you use a carrot and stick method to make someone do something, you both offer rewards and threaten punishments. I ve had to take the carrot and stick approach to disciplining my kids. The harder they work, the more money they get. (always… …   New idioms dictionary

  • carrot-and-stick — car·rot and stick (kărʹət ən stĭkʹ) adj. Combining a promised reward with a threatened penalty: took a carrot and stick approach to the rehabilitation of juvenile offenders. * * * …   Universalium

  • carrot and stick — {n. phr.} The promise of reward and threat of punishment, both at the same time. * /John s father used the carrot and stick when he talked about his low grades./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • carrot and stick — {n. phr.} The promise of reward and threat of punishment, both at the same time. * /John s father used the carrot and stick when he talked about his low grades./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • carrot\ and\ stick — n. phr. the promise of reward and threat of punishment, both at the same time. John s father used the carrot and stick when he talked about his low grades …   Словарь американских идиом

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