rhyme or reason


Definition of rhyme or reason 

: good sense or reason

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For reasons that seem beyond rhyme or reason, the Duchess has unprecedented control over what everyone wants to buy. Tara Gonzalez, Glamour, "6 Fall Outfit Pieces Meghan Markle Convinced Me I Needed," 22 Oct. 2018 Racket movements that should have easily resulted in high-arcing lobs often resulted into low shots over the net, for instance, without much rhyme or reason. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Hands-on: Oculus Quest is an intriguing new middle ground for VR," 27 Sep. 2018 There often seemed little rhyme or reason to HNA’s acquisitions. Andrew Peaple, WSJ, "HNA’s Grounded—and So Is Chinese M&A," 7 Sep. 2018 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

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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