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fact of life

Something unpleasant that must be accepted because it cannot be changed. Gloomy, rainy days are just a fact of life for the British. Death is a fact of life.
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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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It's an emotional issue - 'this isn't fair' - but it's just a fact of life.
Network operators are almost always first to market with new products, services and technologies, and it is often a fact of life that MVNOs have to bargain to obtain these services after launch," he said.
However, the billable hour is a fact of life, and is in fact the lifeblood and currency of these professions.
In the medical products industry where regulatory agendas are a fact of life, this different approach removes a lot of the pain and the pressure.
No matter what, you can't always win - that's just a fact of life - and being with or without facial fur has nothing to do with it.
Getting older is a fact of life, but suffering from them is simply not necessary.
It is a sad fact of life that any one of us could be called upon at any time to come to the rescue of neighbors.
Droughts are a fact of life in Southern California,'' said Friends chairman Ron Bottorff.
Men have dealt with hair loss as a fact of life," says Ken Washenik, M.
In a study released today, researchers at Nielsen Norman Group found that email newsletter subscribers now accept spam as a fact of life and have developed behaviors that enable them quickly to identify and benefit from legitimate newsletters.
It's a tragic fact of life that the subject of hate crimes and enforcement has become timely and important today,'' Hansell said, describing a crime arising from bigotry as ``a crime against the entire community.