American Idioms and Expressions

Carrot And Stick Idiom

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carrot and stick
What does carrot and stick mean?
a reward or a threat of punishment at the same timeThe trade negotiators took a carrot-and-stick approach to the automobile talks.
carrot and stick
What does carrot and stick mean?
the reward for someone if they do what you want or the punishment if they do not do what you wantThe government took a carrot-and-stick approach to remove the people who were protesting against the construction of the dam.
carrot and stick
What does carrot and stick mean?
a reward or a threat of punishment at the same time The trade negotiators took a carrot-and-stick approach to the automobile talks.
carrot and stick
What does carrot and stick mean?
the reward for someone to do what you want or the punishment if they do not do what you want The government took a carrot-and-stick approach to remove the people who were protesting against the construction of the dam.


Some Random Idioms
do the honors
What does "do the honors" mean?
to perform the duty of a host (when serving a drink etc.) "Would you like to do the honors and pour everybody a drink?"

sweat (something) out
What does "sweat (something) out" mean?
to wait anxiously for something, to worry about somethingI spent the day sweating out whether or not I would get the job.
beyond words
What does "beyond words" mean?
to be more than one can sayOur love for our new baby is beyond words.
take in (something)
What does "take in (something)" mean?
to make something smallerThe tailor took in the waist of my suit pants and now they fit much better.
two bits
What does "two bits" mean?
twenty-five cents, a quarter of a dollarThe newspaper cost only two bits a copy.
blue blood
What does "blue blood" mean?
the blood (family line) of a noble or aristocratic family Many blue bloods attended the opening of the new opera.

fall out with (someone) over (something)
What does "fall out with (someone) over (something)" mean?
to disagree or quarrel with someone about something I fell out with my roommate over who should clean the bathroom.

make (someone's) flesh crawl
What does "make (someone's) flesh crawl" mean?
to become frightened so that your skin feels funny or you get goose bumps The movie was very scary and from the beginning it made my flesh crawl.

lose out to (someone or something)
What does "lose out to (someone or something)" mean?
fail to win, miss first place in a contestOur team lost out to the other team in the soccer tournament.
keep (someone) on tenterhooks
What does "keep (someone) on tenterhooks" mean?
keep someone anxious or in suspenseI was kept on tenterhooks as I waited to hear the results of my exam.
at bay
What does "at bay" mean?
at a distance We tried to keep the dog at bay when we entered the building.

Take someone to the woodshed
What does "Take someone to the woodshed" mean?
If someone is taken to the woodshed, they are punished for something they have done.

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