primrose path

noun

Definition of primrose path 

1 : a path of ease or pleasure and especially sensual pleasure himself the primrose path of dalliance treads— William Shakespeare

2 : a path of least resistance

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Seventy-one years later one can reasonably ask: Has any other couture house traveled the primrose path of fashion with such enduring cultivation, refinement and romance? WSJ, "‘Dior: From Paris to the World’ Review: Timelessly Elegant, Yet Avant-Garde," 27 Nov. 2018 The primrose path to relevance has been strewn with injuries and other baseball hobgoblins. Richard Fitch, Cincinnati.com, "Guest TML: Cincinnati Reds' rebuild is right where it should be," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of primrose path

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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