primrose path

noun

1
: a path of ease or pleasure and especially sensual pleasure
himself the primrose path of dalliance treadsWilliam Shakespeare
2
: a path of least resistance

Examples of primrose path in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The use of words like understands, thinks, and reasons are all subtle and sneaky ways to lead you down a primrose path to believing that contemporary AI is sentient. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 Therefore, when the same phrases are associated with AI, we are led down the primrose path that the AI must also be human or sentient. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2023 You have been walked down a primrose path. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 1 Jan. 2023 Houston is trying to become the first men’s team in more than a decade to play in a Final Four in its hometown, but even though the Cougars have a No. 1 seed, their path home for a championship is hardly a stroll along a primrose path. The New York Times, New York Times, 18 Mar. 2023 And a few surface-level parallels between President Joe Biden and his Democratic predecessor in the 1990s suggest some perils for Republicans expecting a primrose path to the White House in 2024. Patrick T. Brown, CNN, 10 Mar. 2023 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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Word History

First Known Use

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of primrose path was in 1604

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“Primrose path.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/primrose%20path. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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