neither rhyme nor reason

neither rhyme nor reason

No particular logic, sense, method, or meaning of a given situation, action, person, thing, group, etc. I've looked over it several times, but there's neither rhyme nor reason to the agreement we were sent this morning.
See also: neither, nor, reason, rhyme

*neither rhyme nor reason

Cliché without logic, order, or planning. (Describes something disorganized. *Typically: be ~; have ~.) There seems to be neither rhyme nor reason to Gerald's filing system. The novel's plot had neither rhyme nor reason.
See also: neither, nor, reason, rhyme

without rhyme or reason

Cliché without purpose, order, or reason. (See variations in the examples. Fixed order.) The teacher said my report was disorganized. My paragraphs seemed to be without rhyme or reason. Everything you do seems to be without rhyme or reason.
See also: reason, rhyme, without

neither rhyme nor reason

No sense whatever. This term dates from the fifteenth century, when an unknown French writer wrote, En toy ne Ryme ne Raison (“In you neither rhyme nor reason,” Maistre Pierre Pathelin, ca. 1475). Sir Thomas More is credited with the following remark made to a friend who had put into verse a mediocre book: “Yea, marry, now it is somewhat, for now it is rhyme; whereas before it was neither rhyme nor reason.” The term made it into John Ray’s proverb collection of 1678 and is by no means obsolete.
See also: neither, nor, reason, rhyme

neither rhyme nor reason

Making no sense at all. “Rhyme” alludes to poetry and by extension all of the creative arts, while “reason” stands for intellect. Accordingly, something that can't be understood or justified in terms of either artistic merit or logic is indeed of little value.
See also: neither, nor, reason, rhyme
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Unfortunately, there was neither rhyme nor reason in their decision to conduct an undertaking they do not have the capability, expertise or competence to carry out.
At the moment, it would be very safe to say that we risk having neither rhyme nor reason in the way we finance devolution and our cities, let alone our whole system of governance.
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Apart from political expediency, there was neither rhyme nor reason in detaching the three agencies from the DA.
There is neither rhyme nor reason to deny them their right to visit and check on my condition.
The truth is that the stat held neither rhyme nor reason. So Montjeu's barren run at Cheltenham is over, and Coolmore lynchpin John Magnier can now rest easy.
Yet Drogheda, for the most part, coped with the questions being asked of them - and with neither rhyme nor reason to either side's attacking strategies, it was hardly a surprise that the first half hour passed scoreless.
``There appears to be neither rhyme nor reason why he died.
There seemed neither rhyme nor reason to the roads in the part of town I was driving through, and I was hopelessly lost.
The verse contains, literally, neither rhyme nor reason.')
The opposition manager was fond of quoting poetry, but there was neither rhyme nor reason why Coventry City should have contemplated defeat when they headed to south London on January 7 1989.
He quite rightly points out that there is no "Cartesian theater" in the brain that "watches" or "looks over" the brain's functioning; that is a folk psychology illusion with neither rhyme nor reason.
It was a nothing game and there was neither rhyme nor reason for covering it.
Its 'pakwela' narrative progression has neither rhyme nor reason, so its risible gags and goofs feel manipulated and ludicrous.