rhyme or reason

noun

Definition of rhyme or reason

: good sense or reason

Examples of rhyme or reason in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From Tony Chachere's to Old Bay to garlic powder, the selection never really has a rhyme or reason, let alone measurements. Katie Strasberg Rousso, Southern Living, 15 May 2021 Other times, however, there’s really no rhyme or reason at all. Maren Estrada, BGR, 8 Apr. 2021 Bobby Chaisson, operations director at Georgia Bee Removal, told CNN there's no rhyme or reason why the bees are choosing Ohrmundt's house. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, 8 May 2021 Other times, however, there’s really no rhyme or reason at all. Maren Estrada, BGR, 8 Apr. 2021 There is no consistent rhyme or reason to why the names of schools, institutions, and streets are erased overnight — except the relative dangers of a nihilistic electronic mob. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, 22 Apr. 2021 Other times, however, there’s really no rhyme or reason at all. Maren Estrada, BGR, 8 Apr. 2021 Other times, however, there’s really no rhyme or reason at all. Maren Estrada, BGR, 8 Apr. 2021 The dropout issues have vexed Ryzen customers for months, with no seeming rhyme or reason for the cause. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, 12 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of rhyme or reason

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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26 May 2021

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“Rhyme or reason.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rhyme%20or%20reason. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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