without rhyme or reason

without rhyme or reason

Without clear or understandable logic, order, purpose, or meaning. As far as I can tell, their selection process is completely without rhyme or reason. The killer is a psychopath, John. He does things without rhyme or reason, so stop trying to figure his motives out.
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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.
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neither rhyme nor reason

No sense whatever. This term dates from the fifteenth century, when an unknown French writer wrote, En toy ne Ryme ne Raison (“In you neither rhyme nor reason,” Maistre Pierre Pathelin, ca. 1475). Sir Thomas More is credited with the following remark made to a friend who had put into verse a mediocre book: “Yea, marry, now it is somewhat, for now it is rhyme; whereas before it was neither rhyme nor reason.” The term made it into John Ray’s proverb collection of 1678 and is by no means obsolete.
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Its creators and participants are just looking for a way to protest against the organized and non-organized kowtowing and the attempts to glorify one person above all others without rhyme or reason," reads the explanation to the event.
I suppose some people just like to hate without rhyme or reason and skin colour is as good an excuse as any.
Yet on a daily basis, it's mangled without rhyme or reason. I hear what you're saying, at the end of the day, something needs to be done about it.
are pretty much without rhyme or reason. There was no design cohesiveness from ad to ad throughout the campaign.
A pile-up of 58 cars - supposedly the biggest ever movie crash - occurs without rhyme or reason and doesn't merit just stunned silence.
In many ways, it is easier to believe that the whole thing was planned by a few evil men at the top than to think that it unfolded haphazardly, without rhyme or reason.
Deterrent punishment should be given to those public servants who delay work without rhyme or reason. Some of these steps will go a long way in tackling corruption in public life.
To my amazement the Speaker ofthe House curtly refused his request, without rhyme or reason. Mr Dalyell has for months been calling for such a debate on the merits that it is a war without an end in such a hotbed of unrest in the Middle East.