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the facts of life

1. Something unpleasant that must be accepted because it cannot be changed. Gloomy, rainy days are just one of the facts of life when you live in England.
2. euphemism Lessons about sex, such 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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the facts of life

information about sexual functions and practices, especially as given to children or teenagers.
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the ˌfacts of ˈlife

the facts about sex, how babies are born, etc., especially when told to children: When do you think you should tell your children the facts of life?
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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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The biggest irony of all is that the public schools actually did follow Kroger Babb's example and start showing sex-education films not unlike The Facts of Life: An Explanation of Sex Cycles.
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PEOPLE can meet Graham Joyce at Waterstones, Broadgate, at 6pm on Thursday, December 19 and The Facts of Life will also be on sale at Coventry Tourist Information Centre, Bayley Lane.
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Health Minister Yvette Cooper said yesterday that dads were often less able than mums to explain the facts of life.
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He said: "I thought the facts of life were connected to this thing that was happening to me."