whys and wherefores of

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.
See also: and, of, wherefore, why
References in classic literature ?
I can no more tell you the whys and wherefores of myself than I can lift myself up by the waistband and carry myself into the next county, as some one challenged a speculator in perpetual motion to do.
The romance drama delves into the whys and wherefores of a May-December love affair.
"The President is concerned, that's why he is waiting for the result of the investigation the whys and wherefores of the accident," he added.
Finally, for a bit of fun, while were all arguing about the whys and wherefores of 'Geordie', here are 10 words commonly used in our region at one time or another.
I won't go into the whys and wherefores of the series of meetings that were held, that would be inappropriate, but what I will say is how proud I was to show off my home city to people, many of whom had never been in Liverpool before.
Having to explain the whys and wherefores of terrible things to an inquisitive, knowledge-hungry and probably scared and worried little person is not something that's ever got me thinking before.
What I Can Do for Our Members: I want to be your eyes and ears in Washington on all things legislative and regulatory; to help you better understand the whys and wherefores of Congress and the Administration; to let Congress and the Administration know how you are transforming the nation's human service system; and to provide you with the tools to be successful human service advocates.
Apparently the study will look at the whys and wherefores of tunneling under the Woodhead Pass between Sheffield and Manchester - just over the top of Holme Moss.
The whys and wherefores of the politiciansAE desire to censor the press are borne from the fact that, in the age before the technological revolution, power over the press meant the ability to control virtually the only means by which information could be disseminated en masse.
TALKING HEADS is one of those shows that can set you thinking about the whys and wherefores of art and lets you wonder who gets to be hung on walls of a gallery.
For reasons known only to middle-aged male scriptwriters, she gives Jesse spontaneous hugs and sends him classical music mix-tapes along with handwritten letters discussing the whys and wherefores of James Joyce.
For reasons known only to middleaged male scriptwriters, she gives Jesse spontaneous hugs and sends him classical music mix-tapes along with handwritten letters discussing the whys and wherefores of James Joyce.
After that first tournament, we Pakistani players have not been invited back to play in the IPL and I don't really want to go into the whys and wherefores of that, but I do feel that sportsmen shouldn't suffer due to 'outside' matters and Pakistani cricketers should be included in the IPL," Pak Passion quoted him, as Akmal, as saying.
This collection of essays investigates the whys and wherefores of history used as a means of waging contemporary conflict in Ireland and Australia.
He loved his running and many were the discussions that we had on the whys and wherefores of the sport, though I believe that his main love was always in rugby and the Constantine College team in particular.