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the whys and wherefores

The various underlying things that cause or contribute to something. I don't need the whys and wherefores of the delay, I just want to know when the project will be done. The tour guide was very interesting, really digging into the whys and wherefores of the city's troubled past.
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wherefore

obsolete Why. O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?

whys and wherefores of something

the reasons or causes relating to something. I refuse to discuss the whys and wherefores of my decision. It's final. Bob doesn't know the whys and wherefores of his contract. He just knows that it means he will get a lot of money when he finishes the work.
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whys and wherefores

All the underlying causes and reasons, as in She went into the whys and wherefores of the adoption agency's rules and procedures. This idiom today is a redundancy since why and wherefore mean the same thing. Formerly, however, why indicated the reason for something and wherefore how it came to be. [c. 1600]
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the whys and wherefores

The whys and wherefores of something are the reasons for it. Even successful bosses need to be queried about the whys and wherefores of their actions. He is not interested in discussing the whys and wherefores of his time abroad. Note: `Wherefore' is an old-fashioned word meaning `for what' or `why'.
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the whys and wherefores

the reasons for or details of something.
1991 Gramophone At this time I was desperate to know all the whys and wherefores of a really advanced technique.
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the ˌwhys and (the) ˈwherefores (of something)

the reasons (for something): I don’t really want to know all the whys and the wherefores. Just tell me what happened.
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Below her is a reference to chapter 2 of the first Epistle of Peter: Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies and all slander / As new born babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.
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Wherefore it shall not greatly at this time be needful to make any several rehearsal of them.
Wherefore, let no man deem it lawful to infringe this document of our annulment and prohibition or presume to oppose it.
If human consciousness is construed as ultimate consciousness, wherefore do we seek, strive, and find?
You need to understand the why and wherefore of the situation.
In the words of Angjusev and Sugareski, the Government wants to make sure the highway is completed in a legal procedure wherefore the Parliament passed the required legal amendments, said the government press service.
Second, it may be a sign for the international community that any problem is solvable wherefore the pressure on Macedonia and Greece to resolve the name issue may rise.
Clearly, the pre-occupation of science with the how and when has so far had no success whatsoever in answering the why and wherefore.
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And why,oh why, did Juliet wail on that balcony: ``Romeo,Romeo, wherefore art thou,Romeo?
Wherefore means why or for that reason - not where.
life to come, when we shall see God face to face, wherefore it will make