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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

primrose path, the

The way of easy self-indulgence. Shakespeare used this term in two ways—as a path of pleasure (“the primrose path of dalliance,” Hamlet, 1.3) and as an easy but dangerous course of action (“the primrose way to the everlasting bonfire,” Macbeth, 2.1). The former meaning survives in the current cliché. See also garden path.
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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I've spotted hosts of English primroses with their pale lemon flowers covering shady sloping banks under trees and eggy yellow cowslips in damp meadows.
There is something hugely joyful about seeing the first primroses, their pale flowers are so reassuring.
The New England Primrose Show runs from noon to 5 p.m.
Although similar in appearance there is a technical difference between primroses and polyanthus; the former produce a rosette of individual flowers from the plant base; the latter have stout stems and florets are in a cluster at the stalk top.
Double primroses have been known since medieval times and someone seeing an oddity or a sport in the wild may have decided to grow it on for the garden.
In the bed above, deep pink primroses play off the purple-leafed heuchera, pale yellow daffodils, and pink azaleas (Belgian Indica hybrids).
These are bedding plants bred from crosses between primroses, cowslips and oxlips.
"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.
Take a few seed pods from your primroses when they are fat but still green, tear back the outside casing of the old calyx, then burst the membrane with your nail and squeeze to expose seeds.
No doubt wild primroses have found their way into gardens from the very first time plots were set aside to cultivate food and, though they can be eaten and drunk - primrose wine must be a delicacy - it is for the joy they bring to spirit and soul that they are prized.
No doubt wild primroses have found their way into gardens from the very first time plots were set aside to cultivate food and though No doubt wild primroses have found their way into gardens from the very first time plots were set aside to cultivate food and though they can be used as food and drink - primrose wine must be a delicacy - it is for the joy they bring to spirit and soul that they are prized.
Like bright jewels spilled over the dark earth, primroses add sparkle to the winter garden.