primrose-path

primrose path

noun
1.
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.
2.
a course of action that is easy or tempting but hazardous: the primrose path to insolvency.

Origin:
1595–1605

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primrose path
 
n
the primrose path a pleasurable way of life

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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.

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