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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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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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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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facts of life

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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In an initial analysis of results, the McKinlays report that depression in menopausal women, long regarded as a fact of life, is due not to the physiological change but to other causes.
Some naivete and rough edges in a podcast can be charming and appealing in contrast to the sometimes over-produced feeling of professional media, but the appeal wears off pretty quickly and producers need to turn out consistent, skillful programs to hold interest: That's the basic fact of life in a very competitive field," Van Orden said.
Laurene Mascola of the Los Angles County Department of Health Services said the virus, which first appeared in the United States in 1999 in New York and moved steadily westward, is now a fact of life in California.
Attempting to enforce such a mandate would create a political environment not unlike Prohibition, where violations would become second nature and an accepted fact of life.
This makes the need for risk management tools such as KVAR both a fact of life and part of an exciting opportunity for sound and sustainable growth.
Steroids and performance-enhancing supplements are a fact of life for today's high school athletes, and it's time we start to pay attention.
Space shortage might seem like a contradiction in terms given the current state of the New Jersey office market, but the fact of life in the Princeton Route One corridor is that there is very little contiguous space of over 40,000 square-feet available.
Like or loathe it, DRM has become a fact of life for those working in the digital entertainment industry: would-be service providers will get nowhere without an acceptable DRM solution and consumers are becoming increasingly intolerant of DRM implementations which are overly restrictive.
In Southern California, fires and Santa Ana winds are a fact of life, just like earthquakes.
Consolidation in the United States and Europe will continue to be a fact of life over the next 5-10 years.
And now the robbery of kids and their right to a quality education is a fact of life.