fact of life


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fact of life

n. pl. facts of life
1. Something unavoidable that must be faced or dealt with.
2. facts of life The basic physiological functions involved in sex and reproduction. Often used with the.

fact′ of life′


n.
any aspect of human existence that must be acknowledged or regarded as unalterable.
Idioms:
facts of life, the facts concerning sex, reproduction, and birth.
[1850–55]
Translations

fact of life

n
(= reality)harte Tatsache; that’s just a fact of lifeso ist es nun mal im Leben
facts of life pl (sexual) → Aufklärung f; to tell or teach somebody the facts of lifejdn aufklären; to know the facts of lifeaufgeklärt sein
References in classic literature ?
Jackson's arm was a fact of life. "The fact, man, the irrefragable fact!" of Ernest's was ringing in my consciousness.
He sought comfort in clinging to the contemplation of the only fact of life that the resolute efforts of mankind had never failed to disguise in the clatter and glamour of phrases.
"I don't know if it's a problem, but it's a fact of life. In every league, the cream rises the top, but in many cases that cream is well fortified by the amount of money available to spend and the quality of players they can bring in.
"In KS2 (Key Stage Two) it is a hard lesson, but as adults know all too well, disappointment is a fact of life."
The difference between these two above opinions, is that I do not believe this to be a "fact of life".
But there is another fact of life here in our part of the world which is responsible for reviving, refreshing and restoring people's faith in humanity.
Terrorism--or just as importantly--the threat of terrorism is now a fact of life for the real estate industry and BOMA/NY has been making its contribution on several fronts.
Disasters are a fact of life, but no matter how vivid it all seems on television through the lens of the nightly news camera, absolutely nothing can compare to seeing it first hand.
Out-of-control growth, poor planning and tight budgets have made urban chaos a normal fact of life, like these floods, created by heavy rains in Mexico City.
Still, the possibility of major earthquakes remains a fact of life in San Francisco (see sidebar).
It's a fact of life that, as more options become available, buyers move away from previous choices.
Second, organized crime is a fact of life in New Orleans.