rhyme or reason


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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

rhyme or reason

logical explanation or reason.
See also: reason, rhyme
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Sheriff David Pender concurred with the lawyer telling the accused: "There is no rhyme or reason for your committing this offence and I could send you to jail.
Some days are better than others, there's no rhyme or reason for it.
There is no real rhyme or reason to this,'' Witmer said as she held up a chart showing fatal crashes by month over the past five years.
Setting the rotation: Howland said he would like to establish an eight- or nine-man rotation, something unheard of the past few years since there appeared to be no rhyme or reason to some of former coach Steve Lavin's substitution patters.
It seems to be there was no rhyme or reason to this egregious crime.
There's no rhyme or reason for it to be part of the city,'' Stewart said.
This murder in particular, there's no rhyme or reason to it,'' said Detective Mike Oppelt.
There's no rhyme or reason except maybe a budgetary need,'' said Oropeza.