facts of life

fact of life

noun
1.
any aspect of human existence that must be acknowledged or regarded as unalterable: Old age is a fact of life.
Idioms
2.
facts of life, the facts concerning sex, reproduction, and birth: to teach children the facts of life.

Origin:
1850–55

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facts of life
 
pl n
the facts of life the details of sexual behaviour and reproduction, esp as told to children

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Medical Dictionary

facts of life pl.n.
The basic physiological functions involved in sex and reproduction. Often used with the.

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facts of life definition


  1. n.
    an explanation of human reproduction, especially as presented to a child. : No one ever explained the facts of life to me. I read books about it.
  2. n.
    the truth about life's difficulties. : You had better face up to the facts of life and get a job.
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Idioms & Phrases

facts of life

Knowledge of sexual reproduction, as in Some people feel that the facts of life should not be taught in school. [Late 1800s] Also see birds and the bees.

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