Definition of the birds and the bees in US English:

the birds and the bees

phrase

informal
  • Basic facts about sex and reproduction, as told to a child.

    • ‘Oh well, I suppose I will have to have ‘that’ little chat with him before he goes to work - the birds and the bees probably won't cut it with him, any suggestions?’
    • ‘As an example, Ciya told me that when she told her son and daughter about the birds and the bees, she told them all about contraceptives, and she offered to buy condoms for both kids if they felt embarrassed to purchase them for themselves!’
    • ‘‘My father never told me about the birds and the bees,’ it goes.’
    • ‘My parents still haven't told me about the birds and the bees!’
    • ‘When it comes to facts and values, we both agree that ‘moral facts are in as good a shape as facts about the birds and the bees ', whatever that shape may be.’
    • ‘He's far too busy sewing the sequins on the little one's concert outfit, helping Timmy with his algebra, and talking through the birds and the bees to a pre-pubescent Melanie.’
    • ‘There isn't a parent in the land who doesn't dread the day their child first asks about the birds and the bees.’
    • ‘Probably the best scene in the play is where a Yorkshireman much older than me tries to sit me down and explain the birds and the bees.’
    the facts of life, sexual reproduction, reproduction
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