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  • noun Plural form of why.


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  • Various hints which have dropped from him would have proved this to Sir Arthur, had he not been blind enough to suppose that, he being a baronet, honest Aby is bound ever to remain his most obedient slave and steward; forgetting the proofs he has received that Abimelech at present is more inclined to command than to obey; and that when he parts with money he must have what he calls the whys and the wherefores.

    Anna St. Ives

  • Maxwell is, and that Angela is knocking at Miss Carey's door at two o'clock in the morning because she has left Harry, her husband, after a quarrel the roots of which lie in the past, so every playlet must state in its very first speeches, the "whos" and "whys" -- the premises -- out of which the playlet logically develops.

    Writing for Vaudeville

  • Naturally, I think it is easier to follow the minhag of your Rabbi/mentors; since they will be much more well versed in the "hows" and "whys" - and you can be assured that when you have a question about a particular custom, the answer will be available and that is what is key to pass down to future generations.

    Beyond BT - The Baal Teshuva / Baal Teshuvah site for Baalei Teshuva / Baalei Teshuvah and Other Growth Oriented Jews

  • It's the "whys" and "hows" that are dealt with more in the book.

    What Did You Think of the Series Premiere of FlashForward?

  • It doesn't mean he can't be criticized, but, unlike the Cheney-Bush administration, there is an air of openness about such a discussion of the "whys" and "whats" that has not taken place in the eight years of this administration.

    So Is This - Swampland -

  • In one short minute I'd been given staggering information demanding a thousand "whys", but that didn't matter.


  • Our time is short, Haiti needs us, and the "whys" are less important than the "what nows" in this moment.

    For Ayiti (Haiti)

  • If the focus isn't as much on the imaginative "whys" of the narrative but instead more on the material "whats," I dread to think what the ending might be.

    Robert Jordan, Wheel of Time 8: The Path of Daggers (1998)

  • I love theological discussions and finding out the "whys" of belief, even if they're expressed in metaphor or fiction.

    Spotlight & Giveaway: Angelology by Danielle Trussoni

  • And Obama's transparency and clarity felt fresh after George W. Bush's blustering (or worse) about the "whys" and blundering about the "hows" in many matters military and otherwise.

    Michael J. Berland: Obama: the Natural Born Leader


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