primrose path
noun Date: 1601 1. a path of ease or pleasure and especially sensual pleasure <
himself the primrose path of dalliance treads — Shakespeare
2. a path of least resistance

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  • primrose path — ► primrose path the pursuit of pleasure, especially when bringing disastrous consequences. [ORIGIN: with allusion to Shakespeare s Hamlet I. iii. 50.] Main Entry: ↑primrose …   English terms dictionary

  • primrose path — n. [popularized after Shakespeare, Hamlet, I, iii] 1. the path of pleasure, self indulgence, etc. 2. a course of action that is deceptively easy, proper, etc. but that can lead to disaster …   English World dictionary

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  • Primrose Path — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Primrose. Primrose Path Données clés Titre original Primrose Path Réalisation Gregory La Cava Scénario …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Primrose Path — The idiom= To be led down the primrose path is a common idiom suggesting that one is being deceived or led astray, often by a hypocrite.An early appearance of the phrase in print occurs in Shakespeare s 1602 play Hamlet (Act I, Scene III), where… …   Wikipedia

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  • primrose path — 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… …   Universalium

  • primrose path — Meaning Origin From Shakespeare s Hamlet. Ophelia: Do not, as some ungracious pastors do, Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven, Whiles, like a puff d and reckless libertine, Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads, And recks not his… …   Meaning and origin of phrases

  • primrose path —    The primrose path is an easy and pleasurable lifestyle, but one that ends in unpleasantness and problems.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

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