a fact of life

fact of life

Something unpleasant that is accepted because it cannot be changed. Gloomy, rainy days are just a fact of life for the British.
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a fact of life

COMMON If you say that something is a fact of life, you mean that it is something that often happens and cannot be avoided, even if it is unpleasant. It is a fact of life that parents want their children to marry and have their own children. Falling prices have been a fact of life in the housing market.
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a fact of life

something that must be accepted and cannot be changed, however unpalatable.
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a ˌfact of ˈlife

something difficult or unpleasant that cannot be changed and has to be accepted or dealt with: Taxes are a fact of life. You just have to pay them.It is a fact of life that some people are born more intelligent than others.
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During a time when chicken pox, strep throats and the flu - not to mention mysterious tummy aches - are a fact of life, the slight, blonde girl never failed to make it to school.