rhyme or reason


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rhyme or reason

The particular logic, sense, method, or meaning of a given situation, action, person, thing, group, etc. (Most often used in negative formations to indicate an absence or lack thereof.) Could someone please explain to me the rhyme or reason behind the program's selection process? I've looked over it several times, but there's no rhyme or reason to the agreement we were sent this morning.
See also: reason, rhyme
References in classic literature ?
When he HAD given it up she turned contrary just the other way, and came to him of her own accord, without rhyme or reason seemingly.
Presently he grew sulky, and then all at once without rhyme or reason began to shout furiously.
IT DOESN'T make sense that only one poet in the last 15 years has won the Nobel Prize for Literature - there's no rhyme or reason for it.
It's hard to imagine their motive, unless they just plain enjoy the capricious exercise of power, bestowing good fortune on some and bad fortune on others without any need for a rhyme or reason.
At General Mills' carefully orchestrated outdoor gallery, every work has its own rhyme or reason.
Some days are better than others, there's no rhyme or reason for it.
If there's a rhyme or reason to the Ashland Oil art collection, it's the strong splashes of color, line and texture marching across the company walls and through its foyers.
There is no real rhyme or reason to this,'' Witmer said as she held up a chart showing fatal crashes by month over the past five years.
Setting the rotation: Howland said he would like to establish an eight- or nine-man rotation, something unheard of the past few years since there appeared to be no rhyme or reason to some of former coach Steve Lavin's substitution patters.
It seems to be there was no rhyme or reason to this egregious crime.
There's no rhyme or reason for it to be part of the city,'' Stewart said.
This murder in particular, there's no rhyme or reason to it,'' said Detective Mike Oppelt.
There is no rhyme or reason to their assignment of day, although Kennedy was careful to make sure that no two cartoonists who had style similarities would follow each other on consecutive days.
There's no rhyme or reason except maybe a budgetary need,'' said Oropeza.