for (a/some) reason(s) best known to (oneself)

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for (a/some) reason(s) best known to (oneself)

For strange or perplexing reasons that the speaker cannot understand. For reasons best known to herself, Mom refuses to wear her glasses and goes around squinting at everything instead.
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for reasons best known to himself (or herself, etc.)

used when recounting someone's behaviour to suggest that it is puzzling or perverse. chiefly humorous
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for a/some reason/reasons best known to himˈself, herˈself, etc.

(humorous) for a reason or reasons which other people find hard to understand: For reasons best known to himself, he wears two pairs of socks.
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The rest of the boys, for reasons best known to themselves, though they loathed the master, took his side in the affair, and, to show their indignation that the school's business had been dealt with outside, made things as uncomfortable as they could for Walters' younger brother, who still remained.
Whether I walked with the young ladies or rode with their parents, depended upon their own capricious will: if they chose to 'take' me, I went; if, for reasons best known to themselves, they chose to go alone, I took my seat in the carriage.
For reasons best known to themselves, they are not aware of this development.
I won't run through all the various figures demonstrating just how disproportionate the cuts to councils here have been over nearly a decade, but for reasons best known to themselves, ministers set about hitting an Oldham or a Salford far harder than an Oxford or a Surrey.
For reasons best known to themselves, some politicians and parts of the media prefer to pretend that these things never happened.
Actions, however, speak For reasons best known to themselves (they aren't in much of a rush to explain to the voters), the SNP chose to abstain.
Unfortunately, in 2012, the politicians removed the compulsory treatment of dogs for ticks, for reasons best known to themselves. The result has been the appearance of foreign ticks carrying exotic diseases hitherto unknown in Britain.
Up until a few years ago there was a self-contained downstairs computer suite away from the hullaballoo of the rest of the library but for reasons best known to themselves Middlesbrough Council, with no consultation of regular users, closed it and moved it into the main part of the library where one has to put up with the likes of screaming kids running around.
The GSD Opposition have decided to embark on a nit-picking campaign against the music festival for reasons best known to themselves. This is exactly the same negative and destructive approach thatthey have adopted over the years across a number of policy areas in a desperate effortto make themselves relevant.
It feels like this health board is determined to punish the patients in this area for reasons best known to themselves.
For reasons best known to themselves Citroen are only making the PureTech engine available in entry level VTR and VTR+ grade cars but the good news is that while VTR models are a bit sparse on the equipment front, stepping up to VTR+ offers a more than reasonable package.
For reasons best known to themselves the Labour Party have had a convoluted process, holding themselves up to ridicule.
For reasons best known to themselves, members of the Barry Business Club have invited me to be the guest speaker at their July soiree.
They were offered the chance to submit modifications which did comply with the law, yet for reasons best known to themselves, they chose not to do so."