the whys and (the) wherefores

plural noun

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: the reasons for something She explained the whys and the wherefores of the sudden price increase.

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“The whys and (the) wherefores.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/the%20whys%20and%20%28the%29%20wherefores. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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