- So go and see it with your own eyes and discover for yourself if it is an historical fact.
- It is a sad fact that when a litter of pigs is born, it is quite normal to have one or two born dead.
- It is a fact that most of those who are on the street have an addiction to drugs or alcohol.
- The judge did not refer the jury to the fact that a mistaken witness can be a convincing one.
- It's not the fact that to get to the crew room I have to go up two flights of stairs and down three.
- We want Kirklees Council to respect the fact that most of us want to stay on the estate.
- The primary facts thus are the evidence of the ceremony that is valid according to local law.
- In all cases, we have to distill the facts from the various reports and documents.
- Who knows what the true facts of this case are but there is certainly more to it than meets the eye.
- The Ombudsman is the sole judge of fact and he can only be corrected on errors of law.
- We would then have an opportunity for questions on a point of fact or a clarification.
- If the comment amounts to a statement of fact then it must be proved to be true or privileged.
late 15th century: from Latin factum, neuter past participle of facere 'do'. The original sense was 'an act or feat,' later 'bad deed, a crime,' surviving in the phrase before (or after) the fact. The earliest of the current senses ( 'truth, reality') dates from the late 16th century.
before (or after) the fact
- Before (or after) the committing of a crime: an accessory before the factMore example sentences
- The more open they are, the less likely they are to wind up indicted for crimes after the fact.
- All those, although very crucial to crime prevention, are before the fact.
- Yet when doing so they always sought congressional authority, even if after the fact.
a fact of life
- Something that must be accepted as true and unchanging, even if it is unpleasant: it is a fact of life that young girls write horrible things about people in their diariesMore example sentences
- The family cat, Snowbell, has started accepting Stuart as a fact of life and part of the family.
- Some feel there is neither rhyme nor reason as to this regular occurrence but we have to accept it as a fact of life.
- Downward mobility was and seems to have been accepted as an irreducible fact of life.
facts and figures
- Precise details.More example sentences
- The Disability Rights Commission doesn't have detailed facts and figures.
- And people can request facts and figures on current issues as well as from local authority files dating back hundreds of years.
- Armchair analysts and cricket pundits are catching upon game statistics to reel off facts and figures in an instant.
the facts of life
- Information about sexual functions and practices, especially as given to children.More example sentences
- They were left to play in blissful ignorance until such a time, as they were old enough to understand the sexual facts of life.
- They need basic facts of life, and information about health and contraception.
- I know it is easy enough to find out the facts of life by yourself but I do believe that a place like a school can and should help on the subject.
the fact of the matter
- The truth.More example sentences
- That's not a criticism, that's a description of what I think is the fact of the matter.
- I think that the fact of the matter is there are plenty of women who are interested in helping other women come up through the ranks.
- And the fact of the matter is, is we are busy responding to the last threat, which is the terrorist threat.
in (point of) fact
- Used to emphasize the truth of an assertion, especially one contrary to what might be expected or what has been asserted: Aunt Madeline isn’t in fact an aunt but a more distant relativeMore example sentences
- It is in fact the truth: she's told the story so many times she now thinks she made it up.
- Whether she was in fact telling the truth is of course an entirely different matter.
- I looked down at the hand of his I could see and realized he was in fact telling the truth.