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

Examples of primrose path in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, 27 Nov. 2018 The primrose path to relevance has been strewn with injuries and other baseball hobgoblins. Richard Fitch, Cincinnati.com, 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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“Primrose path.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/primrose%20path. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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