Example: First he offered me free tickets to the movies, then he pulled a bait and switch and offered me full-price tickets to the opera.
- carrot and stick
- dangle and tangle
- deal and steal
- promise and pretense
Discussion: The original was pretty descriptive, but with a little imagination we can re-establish some of the feeling of having the deal ripped away from you. I also recognize that “carrot and stick” can be a cliché, but it’s usually a metaphor for reward and punishment, not for breaking a deal, so I think we can reuse it here effectively.