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the facts of life

Meaning: information about sex and sexual reproduction

For example:

  • Have you told your kids the facts of life yet?

  • Dad was too embarrassed to tell us the facts of life, so he gave us a book instead.

Note: Mostly used in relation to educating children about sex and human sexual reproduction. Also "the birds and the bees".

Quick Quiz:

If they know the facts of life, they'll know

a. how babies are made

b. how facts are known

c. how lives are lived

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Contributor: Matt Errey