rhyme or reason


Definition of rhyme or reason

: good sense or reason

Examples of rhyme or reason in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web None of us really understand, and there’s no rhyme or reason. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 3 May 2022 After speaking with shop owners in several different states, the moral of the story seems to be that there’s no rhyme or reason to what goods or which brands are causing inventory problems on a consistent basis. Andrew Weaver, Outside Online, 6 Nov. 2020 None of us really understand, and there’s no rhyme or reason. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 3 May 2022 Not much has transpired indicating that will happen, but there hasn’t been much rhyme or reason to the matchup. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, 29 May 2022 Often, there doesn’t seem to be much of a rhyme or reason to the way random movies seem to rocket up the streamer’s list. Andy Meek, BGR, 4 May 2022 Unlike acne, however, milia can develop without rhyme or reason and cannot be extracted the way typical blemishes can, Dr. Marchbein says. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, 11 May 2022 There does not, however, seem to be much rhyme or reason as to which cities do or do not, meaning an early hypothesis for this article — that Marley listenership would over-index in areas where marijuana is legal — doesn’t hold water. Dan Rys, Billboard, 20 Apr. 2022 The changing image quality, for instance, seems to happen without rhyme or reason, often in the middle of scenes, in ways that distract from whatever is happening. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 2 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of rhyme or reason

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

6 Aug 2022

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“Rhyme or reason.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhyme%20or%20reason. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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