the whys and wherefores

the whys and wherefores (of something)

the reasons for something The movie doesn't spend much time worrying about the whys and wherefores of its stars' behavior.
See also: and, wherefore, why

the whys and (the) wherefores

the reasons for something I know very little about the whys and the wherefores of the situation.
See also: and, wherefore, why
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Rachel was sitting at her window, keeping a sharp eye on everything that passed, from brooks and children up, and that if she noticed anything odd or out of place she would never rest until she had ferreted out the whys and wherefores thereof.
I can no more tell you the whys and wherefores of myself than I can lift myself up by the waistband and carry myself into the next county, as some one challenged a speculator in perpetual motion to do.
And the host will eagerly fill you in on the whys and wherefores of the foods and mores of everything east and west of Bali.
I'm probably too old to understand the whys and wherefores, but I did read where this power station is finished it doesn't mean cheaper power, but that the cost of our power will be doubled.
Apparently the study will look at the whys and wherefores of tunneling under the Woodhead Pass between Sheffield and Manchester - just over the top of Holme Moss.
As they say in this game, the table doesn't lie but it's only December and we shall judge the whys and wherefores come May.
TALKING HEADS is one of those shows that can set you thinking about the whys and wherefores of art and lets you wonder who gets to be hung on walls of a gallery.
For reasons known only to middle-aged male scriptwriters, she gives Jesse spontaneous hugs and sends him classical music mix-tapes along with handwritten letters discussing the whys and wherefores of James Joyce.
For reasons known only to middleaged male scriptwriters, she gives Jesse spontaneous hugs and sends him classical music mix-tapes along with handwritten letters discussing the whys and wherefores of James Joyce.
Whatever the whys and wherefores,this looks set to be a ferocious fight for a place in the semis.
Whatever the whys and wherefores, including the fine service it provided up until its closure in November, the appalling bottom line is the council faces throwing away hundreds of thousands of pounds - as 1.
After that first tournament, we Pakistani players have not been invited back to play in the IPL and I don't really want to go into the whys and wherefores of that, but I do feel that sportsmen shouldn't suffer due to 'outside' matters and Pakistani cricketers should be included in the IPL," Pak Passion quoted him, as Akmal, as saying.
This collection of essays investigates the whys and wherefores of history used as a means of waging contemporary conflict in Ireland and Australia.
He loved his running and many were the discussions that we had on the whys and wherefores of the sport, though I believe that his main love was always in rugby and the Constantine College team in particular.
You had concepts for each art lesson, as well as vocabulary and skills you incorporated, and these should be succinctly stated, printed out and mounted on the bulletin board along with the student work so visitors understand the whys and wherefores of the lesson.