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English definition of “be no/without rhyme or reason”

be no/without rhyme or reason

to be without any obvious reasonable explanation: Government money was given out to some people and not to others, apparently without rhyme or reason. There is no rhyme or reason to her behaviour.Confusion, confusing and feeling confused
(Definition of be no/without rhyme or reason from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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