neither rhyme nor reason

*neither rhyme nor reason

Cliché without logic, order, or planning. (Describes something disorganized. *Typically: be ~; have ~.) There seems to be neither rhyme nor reason to Gerald's filing system. The novel's plot had neither rhyme nor reason.
See also: neither, nor, reason, rhyme

neither rhyme nor reason

Making no sense at all. “Rhyme” alludes to poetry and by extension all of the creative arts, while “reason” stands for intellect. Accordingly, something that can't be understood or justified in terms of either artistic merit or logic is indeed of little value.
See also: neither, nor, reason, rhyme
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Yet Drogheda, for the most part, coped with the questions being asked of them - and with neither rhyme nor reason to either side's attacking strategies, it was hardly a surprise that the first half hour passed scoreless.
There appears to be neither rhyme nor reason why he died.
There seemed neither rhyme nor reason to the roads in the part of town I was driving through, and I was hopelessly lost.
The verse contains, literally, neither rhyme nor reason.
The opposition manager was fond of quoting poetry, but there was neither rhyme nor reason why Coventry City should have contemplated defeat when they headed to south London on January 7 1989.
In the first place, it has an arbitrary pay system that is premised on neither rhyme nor reason.
He quite rightly points out that there is no "Cartesian theater" in the brain that "watches" or "looks over" the brain's functioning; that is a folk psychology illusion with neither rhyme nor reason.
It was a nothing game and there was neither rhyme nor reason for covering it.