carrot and stick
Reward and punishment used as persuasive measures, as in Management dangled the carrot of a possible raise before strikers, but at the same time waved the stick of losing their pension benefits. This term alludes to enticing a horse or donkey to move by dangling a carrot before it and, either alternately or at the same time, urging it forward by beating it with a stick. [Late 1800s]
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As an example of good science-and-society policymaking, the history of fluoride may be more of a cautionary tale.
Added to drinking water at concentrations of around one part per million, fluoride ions stick to dental plaque.
As this list shows, punishments typically run to a short-ish jail sentence and/or a moderately hefty fine.
He wore white gloves, a dignified long black coat, and matching pants and vest, and he carried a dark walking stick.The Black Man Who Replaced Jefferson Davis in the Senate|Philip Dray|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
After some animated debate at the conference, Lelaie declared, with some frustration, “If you push on the stick, you will fly.”Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?|Clive Irving|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
You see, they always butter their chairs so that they won't stick fast when they sit down.Davy and The Goblin|Charles E. Carryl
She also practises etching, pen-and-ink drawing, as well as crayon and water-color sketching.Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D.|Clara Erskine Clement
No law of that country must exceed in words the number of letters in their alphabet, which consists only in two-and-twenty.Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
Mr. Spurrell came down to see a horse, and we shall be very glad to have the benefit of his opinion by-and-by.
Whoever succeeded in getting the ring on his stick won the game, and carried the prize home as a sign of victory.Our Little Korean Cousin|H. Lee M. Pike