the whys and (the) wherefores
Definition of the whys and (the) wherefores
: the reasons for something She explained the whys and the wherefores of the sudden price increase.
Word by Word Definitions
: for what cause, reason, or purpose
: the cause, reason, or purpose for which
: for which : on account of which
: reason, cause
: a baffling problem : enigma
: used to express mild surprise, hesitation, approval, disapproval, or impatience
: for what reason or purpose : why
: an answer or statement giving an explanation : reason
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