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What does "carrot" mean here? Russia held out a financial carrot to Crimea, offering 40 billion rubles( $1.1 billion) in support if the peninsula voted in favor of joining Russia in a March 16 referendum. That vote was called by pro-Russian lawmakers who seized control of Crimea's parliament on Feb.27. What does "carrot" mean here? Thanks
Mar 11, 2014 1:30 AM
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It comes from the saying "the carrot or the stick". It probably originally was applied to horses. Horses like carrots. You can entice the horse to walk forward with two different methods. You can hit him on the rear with a stick or you can hold the carrot in front of him so that he walks towards it. Russia held out the offer of several billions hoping it could entice Ukraine to move in its direction. Since it did not move fast enough it is trying a little of the other method now, though they have backed off a little from that.
March 11, 2014
'carrot' here means 'incentive'. It's a reference to the idea of riding a donkey with a stick, with a carrot hanging from a string on the end. The donkey walks toward the carrot, but since the rider is holding it, it doesn't get any closer, so it keeps walking.
March 11, 2014
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