1. reward and punishment as methods of persuasion ⇒ Using a mixture of carrot and stick, the authorities encouraged Tibetan women to marry Chinese soldiers., ⇒ In theory, providing carrots and sticks to get mums and dads off welfare and back to work sounds admirable.
adjective 2. (of an approach or policy) offering rewards in order to persuade people to do something and punishments if people refuse to do it ⇒ This carrot and stick approach has paid off., ⇒ The government is proclaiming a carrot and stick approach to the problem., ⇒ Congress wants to use a carrot and stick approach to force both sides to negotiate.
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