the royal road


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royal road (to something)

A particularly smooth, easy, or trouble-free journey or development (to some status, position, or result). Each year, people flock to Hollywood hoping to find the royal road to fame and fortune. His family's wealth and status put him on the royal road to success from the moment he was born.
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the royal road

A way or method that presents no difficulties: the royal road to success.
See also: road, royal
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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It was an unforgettable prelude to the Pope's final exhortation to "follow Christ on the royal road of the Cross".
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For that reason, he wrote, "the interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind."
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