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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.
See also: path, primrose

the primrose path

if you lead someone down the primrose path, you encourage them to live an easy life that is full of pleasure but bad for them Unable to enjoy his newly acquired wealth, he felt he was being led down the primrose path that leads to destruction.
See also: path, primrose
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How lovely your primroses are looking, by-the-bye"!
I would much sooner have your good opinion than my silver buttons, any day'; and he ran and plucked all his pretty primroses, and filled the Miller's basket.
There is a bed of young vegetables in that corner, and here are some snowdrops and primroses already in bloom - and there, too, is a yellow crocus just opening in the sunshine.
I wish there were any likelihood of my soon seeing Primrose, Periwinkle, Dandelion, Sweet Fern, Clover Plantain, Huckleberry, Milkweed, Cowslip, Buttercup, Blue Eye, and Squash Blossom again.
Then there came faint rays of primrose light, that changed presently to golden bars, through which the dawn glided out across the desert.
And there are Olivia and Sophia Primrose, and Corinne--they may be said to have fallen in love with new men.
There was Terrence the Magnificent--descended, as Van Horn remembered, from the American-bred Milton Droleen, out of the Queen of County Antrim, Breda Muddler, which royal bitch, as every one who is familiar with the stud book knows, goes back as far as the almost mythical Spuds, with along the way no primrose dallyings with black- and-tan Killeney Boys and Welsh nondescripts.
Primrose we learn to know Oliver's father, Charles Goldsmith.
There were so many dear delights along the golden road to give us pleasure--the earth dappled with new blossom, the dance of shadows in the fields, the rustling, rain-wet ways of the woods, the faint fragrance in meadow lanes, liltings of birds and croon of bees in the old orchard, windy pipings on the hills, sunset behind the pines, limpid dews filling primrose cups, crescent moons through darklings boughs, soft nights alight with blinking stars.
It is quite possible that forms now generally acknowledged to be merely varieties may hereafter be thought worthy of specific names, as with the primrose and cowslip; and in this case scientific and common language will come into accordance.
Chandler protracted his walk until the Forties began to intersect the great and glittering primrose way, for the evening was yet young, and when one is of the
The Duchess, who wore gold-rimmed spectacles, and was a person of weight in the councils of the Primrose League, went calmly on with her knitting.
I can understand primroses and bluebells being in the top three, but find it interesting that wood anemones came in at number three - as lovely as they are.
Devon paper mills included a bunch of primroses with every consignment of paper sent out in spring during the 1930s and 1940s and Wiggins Teape continued the practice until the 1970s, when picking primroses became illegal.