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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

no rhyme or 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 no rhyme or reason to the agreement we were sent this morning.
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*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.
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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.
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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: no, 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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Rounds include Mime the Rhyme, with a celeb describing a well-known name and the other miming a rhyming action and News at Len, where our host reads out fictional news stories and the teams guess the rhyming headline that goes with each.
Swinburne used the circular repetitions of the roundel's rhymes to explore the recurrences of trauma and commemoration.
The Art of the Rhymed Insult" (chapter two) explores hip hop's use of "diss" rhymes and the seemingly endless ability of rappers to deride adversaries in their lyrics.
The poetic practice of Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837), while in general falling at a low point in the history of rich rhymes in Russian, displays greater attention to the onset syllable than that of his contemporaries.
Busta Rhymes (right) performs with Puff Daddy during the second night of the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Diary," Hine offers a study of his relationship with British Columbia, showing both sophistication and a sense of humor: "Later, confronted with the paradox of free / Verse, I trade my meaning for a rhyme.
Generously interspersed among the rhymes are illustrator Sarah Clement's full-page, bold, full-coloured illustrations and smaller, mostly sepia-toned traditional illustrations selected from the Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books (Toronto Public Library).
The present study explores rhyme correspondences between Sinitic and Finnic (~ Uralic) lects, taking Finnish -ala and -aja rhymes as an example.
The children in the Early Years Unit have had a wonderful week and taken part in lots of activities linked to nursery rhymes, such as making chocolate mice from Hickory Dickory Dock, making a giant web from Incy Wincy Spider, making egg mayonnaise sandwiches from Humpty Dumpty, using mixed media for the night sky from Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and many more.
Watch your angel-face sing and dance along the groovy and snazzy poems in this wonderful volume of the choicest traditional common nursery rhymes.
Because of the character of accentuation, dactylic rhymes are absolutely impossible in French.
Now see the beautiful sunset over the ocean blue Fiery colors abound, but of poems there are few I wish that I could write one, about that perfect hue But nothing rhymes with Orange Orchards stretch for miles, they never seem to stop There nectar-bearing fruit is one that's hard to top A fruit that justifies a sonnet, but might as well be rock Because nothing rhymes with Orange How do I describe a basketball?
On his journey he meets several creatures who do not share his love of rhymes, but then, in his saddest moment, he comes across a fellow bard with whom he can create rhyming duets.
I have had kindergarteners come in to report where they are hearing nursery rhymes on videos, the radio, and in other places in their world.
Experts in literacy and child development have discovered that if a child knows eight nursery rhymes by heart by the time they are four years old, they are usually among the best readers and spellers in their class by the time they are in Year 3.