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rhyme off

To quickly articulate a litany of things or recite the items of a list. When asked if we had any baby names in mind, Sarah started rhyming them off one after the other. I then rhymed off a list of things that needed to be changed or improved if the company wished to survive.
See also: off, rhyme

rhyme or reason

The particular logic, sense, method, or meaning of a given situation, action, person, thing, group, etc. (Most often used in negative formations to indicate an absence or lack thereof.) Could someone please explain to me the rhyme or reason behind the program's selection process? I've looked over it several times, but there's no rhyme or reason to the agreement we were sent this morning.
See also: reason, rhyme

no rhyme or reason

A total absence of a reasonable or rational explanation for something. I've looked over it several times, but there's no rhyme or reason to the agreement we were sent this morning.
See also: 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

rhyme something with something

[for someone] to make one word rhyme with another word. I need to rhyme tree with some other word. Any suggestions? Can I rhyme good with food?
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rhyme with something

[for a word] to rhyme with another word. You can't use house in that line of the poem, because it doesn't rhyme with mice. The last word in your poem doesn't rhyme with any other word in the poem!
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run one's rhymes

Sl. to say what you have to say; to give one's speech or make one's plea. Go run your rhymes with somebody else! I told him to run his rhymes elsewhere.
See also: rhyme, run

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

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."
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no rhyme or reason

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no rhyme nor reason

If there is no rhyme or reason or no rhyme nor reason for something, there seems to be no logical or obvious explanation for it. There seems no rhyme or reason behind the pricing of many of these products. I can see no rhyme nor reason for the variance in spelling. Note: You can also say that something happens without rhyme or reason. Symptoms appear and disappear apparently without rhyme or reason. Cuts are being made without rhyme or reason. The only motive is to save money to meet Treasury targets.
See also: reason, rhyme

rhyme or reason

logical explanation or reason.
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there’s no ˌrhyme or ˈreason to/for something

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without ˌrhyme or ˈreason

no sense or logical explanation: There has been no rhyme or reason to market movements in recent weeks.Changes were being made without rhyme or reason.This phrase comes from Shakespeare’s play As You Like It: ‘But are you so much in love as your rhymes speak?’ ‘Neither rhyme nor reason can express how much’.
See also: reason, rhyme, something

run one’s rhymes

tv. to say what you have to say; to give one’s speech or make one’s plea. (Collegiate.) Go run your rhymes with somebody else!
See also: rhyme, run

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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An onset correspondence is less evidential than a rhyme correspondence, because an onset is simpler than a rhyme.
In many cases nursery rhymes are a child's first introduction to the written and spoken word," says Richard Eaves, Co-founder of EZTales.
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This broad conception allows us to pursue the phonetic processes of "canonization" and "decanonization" (kanonizacija i dekanon-izacija) of pure rhyme in its historical course.
Witkes, 97, a resident at the Jewish Healthcare Center on Salisbury Street, has written poems, emails and family stories - all in rhyme.
My children, aged 4 through 10, are convinced this is how the rhyme has always been.
My gran would always tweak my nose and I have vivid memories of shrieking with glee as we got near that line in the rhyme.
Some of the television programmes and computer games these days are full of shooting and killing, give me an innocent nursery rhyme over them any day.
Rhyme and Sachs are two very likable characters who mesh well together.
Immigration officers detained rap artist Busta Rhymes at London City Airport on Thursday (25 September).
I resolved the story with a verse using the other difficult rhyme.
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PIETY'S all very well But duplicity's harder to sell Unless to a dim-witted toff And the vendor is Roger McGough Then every nuance and rhyme Melts from ridicule to the sublime
I have found that in Brodsky's essays, collected in two volumes (Less Than One, 1986, and On Grief and Reason, 1995), there are many passing comments about how poetry is written in Russian, and collecting these has guided me to an understanding of rhyme that I had not gained from reading poetry in English, even though I think that I can see in English, here and there, something like the most idiomatically Russian way of using rhyme--and even though I don't know Russian.
The history beyond common nursery rhymes is covered in a lively survey of rhyme meaning and origins in Heavy Words Lightly Thrown: The Reason Behind The Rhyme.