the facts of life


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the facts of life

1. Something unpleasant that is accepted because it cannot be changed. Gloomy, rainy days are just one of the facts of life when you life in England.
2. A euphemism for lessons on sexual intercourse, as are typically taught to children or young adults. My mom talked to me about the facts of life this morning—it was so mortifying!
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the facts of life

 
1. Euph. the facts of sex and reproduction, especially human reproduction. (See also .) My parents told me the facts of life when I was nineyears old. Bill learned the facts of life from his classmates.
2. Fig. the truth about the unpleasant ways that the world works. Mary really learned the facts of life when she got her first job. Tom couldn't accept the facts of life in business, so he quit.
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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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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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It's the facts of life, I think--d'you see what I mean?
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The survey questioned young people of secondary school age about where they had learnt the facts of life.
I'M shaking my head in disbelief at Coleen Nolan's plan to reward her 16-year-old son with a night in the arms of a prostitute - the rationale being that he'll learn the facts of life in one fell swoop.
But in describing the facts of life within the CIA, few do it better than Gerecht.
Though all but forgotten today, Mom and Dad was so heavily promoted that Time once remarked that the ad campaign "left only the livestock unaware of the chance to learn the facts of life.