whys and wherefores of

whys and wherefores of something

the reasons or causes relating to something. I refuse to discuss the whys and wherefores of my decision. It's final. Bob doesn't know the whys and wherefores of his contract. He just knows that it means he will get a lot of money when he finishes the work.
See also: and, of, wherefore, why
References in classic literature ?
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.
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.
Here we don't even like catching sight of those funeral expenses adverts on TV, the ones populated by inappropriately healthy jolly couples walking hand-in-hand on beaches, never mind discussing the whys and wherefores of a romantic successor.
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.
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.
The county is bringing in an outside engineering consultant to help sort out the whys and wherefores of Paris' Cobblestone Drive drainage debacle.
When Serrano found his grandfather's death certificate from 1948, he discovered evidence of murder, which led him to investigate the whys and wherefores of how his grandfather died--and who had motive, means, and opportunity to kill him.
Brown, unsurprisingly to me now, seems unable to grasp the reality of his recession and the whys and wherefores of how it came about.
KENT'S batsmen will not be looking forward to trying to work out the whys and wherefores of Sussex spinner Mushtaq Ahmed today when the sides meet in the second semi-final at Twenty20 finals day at Edgbaston.
He said: "Since we looked into the whys and wherefores of the Tevez affair it became apparent a wrong decision had been made.