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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. 2017.
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  • Literary composition to this little woman-of-letters was certainly no "primrose path."

    Memoirs of a Midget Walter de la Mare
  • But Zinzendorf was not long allowed to tread the primrose path of peace.

  • For France was beginning to wander down that primrose path where a law is only a law so long as it is convenient.

    The Last Hope Henry Seton Merriman
  • The prim path must inevitably triumph over the primrose path.

    Superwomen Albert Payson Terhune
  • I am but a fair way along the "primrose path," not yet within singeing distance of the "everlasting bonfire."

    Silhouettes Arthur Symons
  • All the moralists assure us that descent by the primrose path is facile.

    Pieces of Hate Heywood Broun
  • Some event of the morning had, it would appear, given him pause on his primrose path.

    Barlasch of the Guard H. S. Merriman
  • And so it chooses the primrose path of dalliance with a moneylender.

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

    Sally of Missouri R. E. Young
  • It's grown out of Mary's keeping one or two women from going the primrose path to the everlasting bonfire.

    The Open Question Elizabeth Robins
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 American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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