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English definition of “carrot and stick”

carrot and stick

a system in which you are rewarded for some actions and threatened with punishment for others: Sometimes I just have to resort to the carrot and stick approach with my children.Punishing and punishmentsPunishing by causing painHitting and beatingPrizes, rewards and medals
(Definition of carrot and stick from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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