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primrose path

a way of life devoted to irresponsible hedonism, often of a sensual nature:
The evangelist exhorted us to avoid the primrose path and stick to the straight and narrow.
a course of action that is easy or tempting but hazardous:
the primrose path to insolvency.
Origin of primrose path
First recorded in 1595-1605 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for primrose path
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  • And he saw no reason why she should not make even the tariff a primrose path.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • But Zinzendorf was not long allowed to tread the primrose path of peace.

  • Let him start at once on the jack trail, that primrose path of dalliance.

    Sally of Missouri

    R. E. Young
  • It's the 'primrose path,' you see, and they're afraid of the 'everlasting bonfire.'

    The Invader Margaret L. Woods
  • The prim path must inevitably triumph over the primrose path.

    Superwomen Albert Payson Terhune
  • All the moralists assure us that descent by the primrose path is facile.

    Pieces of Hate Heywood Broun
  • And so it chooses the primrose path of dalliance with a moneylender.

    International Finance Hartley Withers
  • Only one morning paper implied that Persis had strayed into the primrose path of dalliance.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
  • A mistress of the great art of pleasing made knowledge from the first a primrose path to him.

    A Terrible Temptation Charles Reade
  • Once arrived in Canada, the settler soon found that he had no primrose path before him.

    The Canadian Dominion Oscar D. Skelton
British Dictionary definitions for primrose path

primrose path

the primrose path, a pleasurable way of life
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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primrose path in Culture

primrose path definition

A life of ease and pleasure; the easy way out of a hard situation. To “lead people down the primrose path” is to deceive them into thinking that things are easier than they actually are.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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