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fact of life

noun
     
fact of life plural facts of life [countable]
1 an unpleasant situation that exists and that must be accepted:
Mass unemployment seems to be a fact of life nowadays.
Persuading others to accept the hard financial facts of life is not a very popular job.
2

the facts of life

the details about sex and how babies are born:
Mum told me the facts of life when I was twelve.

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