without rhyme or reason

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It was this maddening course of being shouted at, checked without rhyme or reason, arbitrarily chased out of my cabin, suddenly called into it, sent flying out of his pantry on incomprehensible errands, that accounted for the growing wretchedness of his expression.
They say "I am not the first and I certainly won't be the last person to do something without rhyme or reason.
I suppose some people just like to hate without rhyme or reason and skin colour is as good an excuse as any.
During the past few days, to my utter amazement, I have watched diesel fuel prices rocket over the $3-per-gallon mark without rhyme or reason.
Yet on a daily basis, it's mangled without rhyme or reason.