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the primrose path

A life of pleasure and leisure that results in a negative or detrimental outcome. Usually used in the phrase "lead (one) down the primrose path." After winning the lottery, Jake found himself surrounded by people trying to lead him down the primrose path for their own benefit.
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primrose path

Fig. earthly delights that come to an end. She led him down the primrose path until she got tired of him.
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the primrose path

the pursuit of pleasure, especially when it is seen to bring disastrous consequences.
The allusion here is to ‘the primrose path of dalliance’ to which Ophelia refers in Hamlet.
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the primrose ˈpath (to ruin, destruction, etc.)

(literary) an easy life that is full of pleasure but that causes you harm in the end: If we followed your advice we’d all be walking down the primrose path to ruin.This phrase comes from Shakespeare’s play Hamlet.
See also: path, primrose
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When confined to the house in a blizzard in Iqaluit the ideal reading material is John Mortimer's Rumpole and the Primrose Path (Viking).
Our way is hard, we remind each other; it requires discipline and singlemindedness, lest we be led down the primrose path of self-indulgence and forfeit our eternal reward.
When population growth slows down, so that we no longer have the comfortable Ponzi rate of growth or we even begin to register a decline in total numbers," a chastened Paul Samuelson wrote in 1985, "then the thorns along the primrose path reveal themselves with a vengeance.
There's the right thing to do, and there's the weak thing to do, and both Whitehall and Lancaster Gate generally choose the primrose path of weakness.
Hughes now believes that pornography led her down the primrose path toward her ill-fated tryst with then-presidential contender Gary Hart.
With the help of one or more married couples, a priest, and sometimes a doctor, these programs have often been helpful in leading young women and men down the marital primrose path without their being impaled on its thorns.
Post-structuralists may salivate, and it is sad to see such a distinguished social historian as Raphael Samuel following this primrose path and celebrating the democratic vitality of theme-park history; but this denies historians the right and the power to explain, analyse, criticise and provoke real debate.
One woman felt she went down the primrose path of leaving everything to her doctor (she had a labor assistant and VBAC for her second birth).
At the same time, they appropriately stress the dangers of taking the primrose path in the name of cooperation.
In fact, he indicated that he had expected me to be wearing flowing robes, from having read my proposal; he was under the impression that I may have been led down the primrose path, he said.
It was adapted for the stage by <IR> GEORGE ABBOTT </IR> as Primrose Path (1939).
As the likely next Viceroy of the Raj, Lord Louis Mountbatten, points out, "If an entire nation could be led down the primrose path by this charlatan and hypocrite, the Indian people are not yet ready for independence.
Music The Battle for Metalfest 2014 -- Round 4 with special guests (We Are) Legion, Triforium Dawn, Contender, Cover One Eye, Shatter The Sky, Written In Stone, Death Rattle, Armament, In Depths & Tides, I Guard The Throne, The Primrose Path, Lies In Motion.
In her book, Meador takes you down the entire primrose path, through rings, gifts for attendants, flowers and centerpieces, photography, music, putting up the guests and the rehearsal dinner.
Better legitimate compulsion than the primrose path to climate ruin.