rhyme or reason


Definition of rhyme or reason 

: good sense or reason

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Some cannot be bothered with rhyme or reason beyond what is immediately possible. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "NBA Free Agency: The Thought Behind the One-Year Deal Trend," 12 July 2018 There’s really no rhyme or reason for why one-third of the people caught are being counted, especially since presumably people who are not caught also might rely on smugglers. Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, "Are human-smuggling cartels at the U.S. border earning $500 million a year?," 21 May 2018 There’s simply not much rhyme or reason to their actions at times. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "Game 5 Loss Exposes Cavs' Lack of Offensive Creativity," 23 May 2018 Moments later, the sun would come back out with seemingly no rhyme or reason. Joshua Bowling, azcentral, "After disease outbreak, Apache trout are returning to waterways in the White Mountains," 9 May 2018 There doesn’t seem to be rhyme or reason for this stylistic mish-mash, though the play certainly allows for just this range of interpretations. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "A Likable "As You Like It" At CT Rep," 23 Apr. 2018 The branches, or tentacles, are chaotic, stretching out or stopping abruptly with little rhyme or reason. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "This Sea Monster Drawing Beautifully Depicts The Collatz Conjecture," 28 Mar. 2017 There seems to be little rhyme or reason to what gets deranked and what doesn’t. Constance Grady, Vox, "Did you hear how bad Sean Penn’s book is? It’s really bad.," 31 Mar. 2018 Police also are considering a rhyme or reason to the targets. Sean Rossman, USA TODAY, "Austin police have received more than 1,200 suspicious package calls since bombings started," 20 Mar. 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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