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primrose path

A lifestyle devoted to pleasure, often when it has troubling consequences. She's always going down the primrose path, so I'm not surprised she doesn't have any money saved.
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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.
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After suffering "a dramatic failure in the ticker department" Rumpole is confined to the Primrose Path home in Sussex where murky goings on are afoot; that is, until Rumpole sheds the penetrating light of reason and justice on the situation thereby exonerating the wrongly suspected.
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).
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.
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.
Well, I blame Sien Lloyd and her ilk and I blame us in the media for following them down the primrose path of meteorological nonsense.
Sadly, this isn't the first time the public utility has taken ratepayers down a primrose path, as the allegations of questionable contracting, wasting millions on giveaways and blithely ignoring the pilfering of ratepayer revenues indicate.
Like others of my age, I worry about the attitudes of the rising generation as they trip along their primrose path.
But Mr Brown is not planning on a trip after them down the same primrose path.
But oversimplification is rarely, if ever, reasonable, and embracing slogans and catchphrases uncritically is bound to lead down a primrose path to folly.
For those early Puritans, uncut male hair was also an invention of the devil, a clever device to lure unsuspecting folk along the primrose path to the everlasting bonfire.