the facts of life


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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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the facts of life

if you tell someone, especially a child, the facts of life, you tell them about sex and how babies are born Parents are often embarrassed about telling their children the facts of life.
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It's the facts of life, I think--d'you see what I mean?
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