- 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
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Examples from the Web for primrose path
But he put such thoughts from him—he had made his choice long ago, and it was not the primrose-path.Love's Pilgrimage
- the primrose path a pleasurable way of life
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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.
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