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Dangling Carrots

DANGLING CARROTS: Tantalizing distractions that will ruin your life. Dangling a carrot general meaning: To tempt someone with an unobtainable offer. The original metaphor referred to a boy sitting on a cart being pulled by a donkey. The boy held a long stick to which a carrot had been tied, and he dangled the carrot in front of the donkey but just out of its reach. As the donkey moved forward to get the carrot, it pulled the cart—and the boy—so that the carrot always remained just out of reach as the cart moved forward. The Devil discovers what motivates you and then dangles it in front of you for one purpose… to destroy you.

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