Carrot-and-stick meaning

kărət-ən-stĭk
Combining a promised reward with a threatened penalty.

Took a carrot-and-stick approach to the rehabilitation of juvenile offenders.

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Alternative spelling of carrot and stick.
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(idiomatic) Simultaneous rewards for good behavior and punishments for bad behavior.
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(idiomatic) A promised reward to encourage good behaviour that is never actually delivered.
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Origin of carrot-and-stick

  • From combining two ways to motivate a beast of burden, with the lure of a carrot placed just out of reach, and the threat of a stick behind.

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  • From a stick attached to an animal with a carrot at the far end out of reach of the animal, which will compel the animal to walk forward

    From Wiktionary