(a) method in (one's) madness

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(a) method in (one's) madness

A specific, rational purpose in what one is doing or planning, even though it may appear crazy or absurd to another person. Usually used in the phrase "have/there is (a) method in (one's) madness." You may have method in your madness, but these radical changes to the business could still prove catastrophic. I know you don't understand my motivation for this decision, but after the dust settles you'll see that there is a method in my madness.
See also: madness, method

*method in one's madness

Fig. a purpose in what one is doing, even though it seems to be crazy. (*Typically: be ~; have ~.) What I'm doing may look strange, but there is method in my madness. Wait until she finishes; then you'll see that she has method in her madness.
See also: madness, method

method in one's madness

An underlying purpose in crazy behavior, as in Harry takes seemingly random trips around the country but there's method to his madness-he's checking on real estate values . This expression comes from Shakespeare's Hamlet (2:2): "Though this be madness, yet there is method in it." For a modern equivalent, see crazy like a fox.
See also: madness, method
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UNITED STATES Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson last night admitted there was little "method in his madness" after reducing his wild card picks for Gleneagles from four to three.
UNITED STATES Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson admitted there was little "method in his madness" after reducing his number of wild card picks for next year's contest at Gleneagles from four to three.
Several large installations rounded out this exhibition, and further revealed Pranger as a prankster with intimations of method in his madness. Ivory Tower, 1992, is made of wire fencing rising in a slow but tight coil to more than 13 feet, its patient and sinuous passage upward marked by his placement of 80 separate bars of soap.
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