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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
1595-1605 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But he put such thoughts from him—he had made his choice long ago, and it was not the primrose-path.

    Love's Pilgrimage Upton Sinclair
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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