American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Combining a promised reward with a threatened penalty: took a carrot-and-stick approach to the rehabilitation of juvenile offenders.
- n. alternative spelling of carrot and stick.
“The Irish gangs in the city waged a relentless carrot-and-stick campaign to gain power and legitimacy.”
“The comments by Wu Zili, the acting mayor of Shanwei prefecture, which includes Wukan, suggested that authorities were taking a cautious, carrot-and-stick approach as they attempt to resolve the situation without embarrassing Beijing by prompting further violence or emboldening other protesters.”
“I think, perhaps, what is most important to know about Oregon's tax amnesty program is that it is a carrot-and-stick approach -- not just a carrot.”
“Ogar says none of those arrested have yet been charged because of what she calls President Goodluck Jonathan's carrot-and-stick approach to defusing the violence.”
“It was still unclear how the Nigerian public would respond to the government's carrot-and-stick approach.”
“Pink, author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. They're still focused on the old-fashioned carrot-and-stick approach to drive their employees, rewarding good work with pay, benefits or promotions.”
“Some European countries, such as Denmark, have had success tackling the problem of long-term unemployment through a carrot-and-stick approach that helps the jobless find work and penalizes them if they don't.”
“The pastor needed only to use his affection as a carrot-and-stick reward system to keep me close to him.”
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“Its current carrot-and-stick game of rewarding governments with sporadic sovereign-bond buying is too dangerous when dealing with an economy of Italy's size.”
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