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noun

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.

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Origin of primrose path

First recorded in 1595–1605
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British Dictionary definitions for primrose path

primrose path

noun

the primrose path a pleasurable way of life
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Cultural definitions for primrose path

primrose path

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 Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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