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rhyme or reason, no

An absence of common sense or reasonableness, as in This memo has no rhyme or reason. Closely related variants are without rhyme or reason, as in The conclusion of her paper was without rhyme or reason, and neither rhyme nor reason, as in Neither rhyme nor reason will explain that lawyer's objections. This term originated in French about 1475 and began to be used in English about a century later. Sir Thomas More is credited with saying of a mediocre book that a friend had put into verse, "Now it is somewhat, for now it is rhyme; whereas before it was neither rhyme nor reason."
See also: rhyme
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They were in a hurry enough to start us, and now here we stand in the middle of a field without rhyme or reason.
And then, without rhyme or reason, all sceptical, my mind flew back to a small biographical note in the red-bound Who's Who, and I said to myself, "She was born in Cambridge, and she is twenty-seven years old.
At such times, when the fun rippled and soared from height to height, suddenly, without rhyme or reason, his eyes would turn lacklustre, his brows knit, as with clenched hands and face overshot with spasms of mental pain he wrestled on the edge of the abyss with some unknown danger.
Amongst us a simpleton, possessed by the demon of hate or cupidity, who has an enemy to destroy, or some near relation to dispose of, goes straight to the grocer's or druggist's, gives a false name, which leads more easily to his detection than his real one, and under the pretext that the rats prevent him from sleeping, purchases five or six grammes of arsenic -- if he is really a cunning fellow, he goes to five or six different druggists or grocers, and thereby becomes only five or six times more easily traced; -- then, when he has acquired his specific, he administers duly to his enemy, or near kinsman, a dose of arsenic which would make a mammoth or mastodon burst, and which, without rhyme or reason, makes his victim utter groans which alarm the entire neighborhood.
would perhaps, without rhyme or reason, suddenly give a sigh and say, "I wonder whether that old general is alive still
Without rhyme or reason he was prepared to carry out his threat to kick Harley Kennan to death.
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 was this maddening course of being shouted at, checked without rhyme or reason, arbitrarily chased out of my cabin, suddenly called into it, sent flying out of his pantry on incomprehensible errands, that accounted for the growing wretchedness of his expression.
judges, using harsh words, taking law into their hands and become party without rhyme and reason.
I mean, if I wanted to sit through a load of show offs shrieking and hollering their way through Saturday night without rhyme or reason I'd just do what most people do.
In Grigoriev's version, he is suddenly in the enchanted forest without rhyme or reason, as though there has been a slip in the scenery, so there are problems once again with story logic.
The arrest campaign, on for the last three days, must not only be halted, but those arrested without rhyme or reason, need to be freed without delay.
Imran Khan should join hands with government for the sake of national development and prosperity of people rather than targeting the government without rhyme and reason.
Let people in power devote their time and energy in solving the root causes of accidents - instead of taking insane decisions to ban licences to any segment of society, without rhyme or reason.