dangle a carrot in front of (one)

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dangle a carrot in front of (one)

To try to entice someone with the promise of a reward. Dad's going to have to dangle a carrot in front of us if he wants us to clean out the whole garage.
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dangle a carrot in front of someone

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offer someone a carrot

COMMON If you dangle a carrot in front of someone or offer them a carrot, you try to persuade them to do something by offering them a reward. The team have dangled a $17 million carrot in front of the Italian to remain in North America. He is to offer the public a new carrot by reducing petrol prices. Note: The words carrot, dangle and offer are used in other structures and expressions with a similar meaning. Tax cuts may be offered as a carrot to voters ahead of the next election. The money's dangling there like a huge carrot, and you want to grab it. Note: The image here is of someone encouraging a donkey to move forward by holding a carrot in front of it.
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Rather than dangle a carrot in front of bad recyclers, our leader, Sue Jeffrey, should promise that all money saved from better recycling be used to off-set the council tax Cllr STEVE KAY, Lockwood Ward
ENGLAND coach Tony Smith will dangle a carrot in front of his World Cup stand-by contingent when they take on Wales at Doncaster tomorrow night.
The devil can dangle a carrot in front of your face, but there is something inside you that actually wants that carrot.
Dangle a carrot in front of yourself--a personal treat of some kind, whether it's a couple of tickets to a play or a new briefcase.