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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.
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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

*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

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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28 The small discrepancies in the tables and appendices of this study between the totals of stressed, rhymed, and alliterating words presented here and the actual number of lines and stresses are mainly due to (1) words that bear two stresses, leading to their being counted more than once, (2) the noninclusion of "Other" in the statistics on etymology, and (3) the few lines that have five lexical words (all counted as stressed).
8 percent figure includes all stressed words, rhymed and unrhymed).
Moving acoustically away from the perfectly rhymed couplet, it becomes apparent that a careful examination of virtually any passage of Paradise Lost will reveal numerous partial rhymes of varying degree.
Similarly, "sat" and "light" offer only a faint phonemic echo of each other, but performing a type of grammatical inversion--bringing "sat" into the present tense, while moving "light" into the past tense of its verb form--discovers "sit" and "lit," a perfectly rhymed pair.
Having examined departures from the rhymed couplet by variations in sound, we may now consider spatial deviations from this mythical norm.
In the first example, "eat" arrives exactly one foot too late to form a perfect rhymed couplet, while in the second "Lord" arrives one foot too early.
7) Once again, this may not seem like a very significant number of rhymed lines, roughly four percent of all the lines of Paradise Lost.
That is, when words are rhymed, the reader tends to consider the possibility of some meaningful semantic as well as phonemic relationship among them.
Our expectation of semantic relationships among rhymed words also informs our reading of Paradise Lost.
Debra Fried has explored the ways in which a set of rhymed words tends to call to mind further, as yet unspoken, rhyming words, especially words which fit semantically into the rhyming group.