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 ?
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.
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.
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).
Second, organized crime is a fact of life in New Orleans.
Fat is a fact of life for creatures great and small, but researchers know little about why some stem cells transform into fat cells rather than, for example, muscle or bone.
Although this is not the best health trend, it is a fact of life.
Narrated with straightforward simplicity, this novel offers constructive ways to help children deal with a painful fact of life.